More than 1,100 Anti-Donald Trump protesters march through Waikiki
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Demonstrators hit the streets of Waikiki Sunday evening for a massive protest against President-elect Donald Trump.
The rally was organized by the Hawaii chapter of Young Progressives Demanding Action, a grassroots organization at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Those with the organization say more than 1,100 people participated in the march that began at Kapiolani Park across from the Waikiki Aquarium and ended at the Trump International Hotel.
With signs in hand, protesters chanted, "Tell me what democracy looks! This is what democracy looks like!"
"Remember that love always trumps hate!" shouted event organizer Asami Kobayashi.
"It's OK to be angry! It's OK," shouted Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee.
Lee said it is the largest political protest he has seen in Hawaii.
"I think this is the biggest outpouring of support for anything that I've ever seen, and the question is, how do we translate this into something positive so we benefit here in Hawaii and overcome a lot of the division that this campaign season has really brought about?" Rep. Chris Lee said.
Organizers said the goal of the rally was to highlight issues they believe will be threatened under the new administration, such as women's reproductive rights, climate change protections, immigration, and healthcare, among other things.
The chants echoed throughout the evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Some onlookers showed their support from the streets, while others showed opposition.
"Shame on you!" someone yelled from the sidewalk.
"Black lives matter is a big deal in St. Louis with everything that has gone on there, it's something that you not necessarily try to hide from, but it's a nice relief to come to a place like this because it's not as prevalent in this area. And then you see something like this and you're instantly reminded of how shameful our nation is," St. Louis, Missouri visitor Nicholas Funk said.
Hillary Clinton won 61% of the votes in Hawaii, while Donald Trump won 29.4% of the votes.
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