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Democratic voters celebrate victory

Andy Winer Andy Winer
Tom Boyle Tom Boyle
Robyn Tanaka Robyn Tanaka
Rep. Neil Abercrombie Rep. Neil Abercrombie

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Obama's supporters gathered Tuesday night in Honolulu, to cheer on the Punahou grad.

And they cheered early and often.

And when Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama wrapped up his historic win, supporters who journeyed with the Hawaii-born candidate screamed, hugged, and broke down in tears.

"People here are delighted.  People around the country are delighted.  We need to get to work and begin to do the kinds of things that are necessary to turn this country around," said Andy Winer, Obama Campaign Hawaii Chair.

Standing shoulder to shoulder at Pearl Nightclub, they all looked up as the nation's new leader took the stage.

For these members of Punahou School's class of 1979, this night was simply amazing.

Known as Barry on the Buff and Blue campus, former classmates say Obama was always a thoughtful, humble, funny guy.

"From that speech, I can tell Barack is already stepping into his Presidential shoes.  I mean, he's ready to lead," said Tom Boyle, Obama's Punahou classmate.

"We're ecstatic.  I'm ready just to go home and cry, not in a bad way, but just because we've been working so long.  And it's obviously the outcome that we wanted," said Robyn Tanaka, Obama's Punahou classmate.

"Hope and change, the message that Barack brought to this campaign is something that people have been waiting for for a long time.  And they couldn't be more pleased and more happy that he succeeded tonight," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie.

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