Witnessing history with aloha

Ed Auld
Ed Auld
Fiona Leonard
Fiona Leonard

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hundreds of people wake up early to witness the change coming to America, and some in Honolulu were the first to have breakfast with the president. They line up before sunrise, a group of locals and tourists come together to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Local business owner Ed Auld set up the breakfast. "It started out with a small idea, and finally oh I rented don ho's for the morning. But seriously this is what we have to do, get involved that is what the president has asked us to do," he said.

"People come together all we have to do is just get our heads together and do the right thing and follow his lead," tourist Damian Baxter said.

The Aloha spirit can be felt all the way to the white house as the new president is sworn in. Wearing their best Obama t-shirts and lei of course, they're all ears to the challenges ahead.

"Support our country, get involved with our neighbors and that's what's going to change the country," Auld said.

As a witness to history everyone is more than likely to remember exactly where they were when Barack Obama was sworn in, and here in his hometown, they do it in style. "We really wanted to be in Hawaii in Obama's home place to be a part of this day," Australian tourist Fiona Leonard said.

"To be here in Hawaii during this is just I don't even know what to say," Baxter said.

"I think it must be really cool for Hawaii to have someone like him become president," Teya Quarmyne said.

This was 8 year old Teya's first inauguration. "It's really cool too because my dad's African so that was really cool," she said.

"It's not just about him being black it's about change and just wanting something new and just a new generation coming in I mean it's just exciting to me I'm so hopeful for it," Lisa Coleman said.

A hope she says will last through the daunting first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency.