As we stated in our feature Barack Obama's Hawaii, "Barack Obama is the perfect representative of what Hawaii is all about. Hawaii is the most racially diverse society in America. The people of Hawaii are Hawaiian, Polynesian, Caucasian, African-American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Mexican and, most importantly, a mix of any of those races. Spending his formative years in such a mixed society has made Barack Obama the man he is today. It gives him the very rare ability to relate to the country's ever increasingly diverse society."
An Obama presidency can only be good for Hawaii. For too long Hawaii has been far removed from the mainland 48 states. I shudder whenever I'm in Hawaii and hear a visitor asked where he or she is from and hear the reply, "from the United States." Hawaii is part of the United States!
If President Obama's election helps Hawaii tourism rebound from its current catastrophic decline, all the better. If President Obama's election shows people that there is indeed a multi-racial, multi-cultural society in America that has, for the most part, worked well for years, then Hawaii will truly have benefited from Barack Obama's presidency.
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