Protesters' message to Trump: Aloha (also) means goodbye

Published: Nov. 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 3, 2017 at 9:08 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 200 people gathered at the state Capitol on Friday to protest the president's visit, carrying signs that read "Welcome to Kenya," "Aloha means goodbye," and "Immigration gave me my family."

The rally kicked off about 4 p.m., and was to continue for about 2 hours.

Among those in the crowd: State Rep. Kaniela Ing.

Ing said he was attending the anti-Trump rally because "aloha is a Hawaiian value rooted in the idea of love for one another."

"Hawaii is the most diverse state in the nation, and just a few days ago Trump literally said, 'Diversity sounds like a good thing, but it is not a good thing.' That statement alone undermines the values that make Hawaii, Hawaii. So yes, aloha means 'hello,' but it also means 'goodbye,'" Ing said, earlier in the day.

The rally is being called "Hawaii-3, Trump-0," reflecting the number of times the state has blocked the president's travel bans.

"I'm really upset that Trump is on our island. We don't like his brand of racism here and we want him to leave as soon as possible," protester Kanani Ai said. "I've stayed out of politics my whole life and it's not about Republican or Democrat. It's about human rights."

Many others echoed similar sentiments.

"I believe in human rights. We are angry. We want change," Allyson Villanueva said.

The president and first lady landed Friday afternoon on Oahu for a one-day stopover before launching a trip to Asia.

While on Oahu, Trump met with military leaders, Hawaii's governor and laid a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial.

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