Hawaii residents react to news of Osama bin Laden's death

Published: May. 2, 2011 at 1:16 AM HST|Updated: May. 2, 2011 at 8:59 PM HST
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Louis Furtado
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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Obama's stunning announcement Sunday about the death of 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, after a decade-long manhunt, drew swift reaction from Hawaii residents.

"It's been a long time coming," Louis Furtado, Aikahi resident, said. "We've lost a lot of people."

"Ten years is kind of a bad mark for us," Charles Collins, Kailua resident, said. "Eisenhower had less trouble with the invasion of Europe than we had with this one, exceeding 6'2" Muslim in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan."

Sunday's announcement thrust many Americans back to September 11th, 2001.

"If that isn't ingrained on America, I don't know what would be," Furtado said. "That was quite a vivid scene."

Several people with Hawaii ties were among the more than 3,000 killed in the terrorist attacks.

Georgine Corrigan, 55, of Hawaii Kai was on United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The news of bin Laden's death was bittersweet for Corrigan's daughter, Laura.

"It doesn't really provide closure," Elizabeth Reilly, Corrigan family friend, said. "She feels when she knows the troops are going to start coming home safely, it will definitely help her with much needed closure."

Many expressed concern over what will happen next. They fear that bin Laden's death is not the end, but a new beginning.

"Today, all the bases are on a very high security," Gary Weller, Hawaii Kai resident, said. "The next couple weeks, we'll see if there's going to be a retaliation for this."

"Hold on to your socks because there's going to be trouble," Collins said.

"There's really this sense of justice having been done, but that we can't just relax because there are terrorists that are still out to do us harm," US Representative Mazie Hirono, (D) Hawaii, said.

Hirono heard the news while at an event in Los Angeles.

"We were very astounded by the news because it has been 10 years," she said. "Of course, we need to thank our troops who have been in the fight all along. I am hopeful that we will bring our troops home from Afghanistan."

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