Hundreds protest in Waikiki as APEC l...

Hundreds protest in Waikiki as APEC leaders meet

There are 20 comments on the The State story from Nov 13, 2011, titled Hundreds protest in Waikiki as APEC leaders meet. In it, The State reports that:

A few hundred protesters marched on Waikiki Saturday as leaders of Pacific Rim nations gathered for a summit to discuss free trade agreements and other issues.

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Niliko

United States

#1 Nov 14, 2011
Shame how some can be so powerful control the roads effect the average Joes . When so many in power abuse the system example police sitting in Alamona park even they in past dogs in park when city signs state no animals . I obey laws never broe any even in school never cheated nor told little fib strict upbring . Another thing thought. How can they raise money when not suppose to .Every one agrees rich special big wigs presently in our state. In my up bringing fortunate travel many soils my family saved to go. America always spends foolish gets in messes from doing harm to Micronesians, even some wars wronged. I feel no matter what income treat people all with respect do not use ,take advantage of the less fortunate. I try to have humor saying even these people pass gas it smells hee hee .For I was born in america lived other countries I always respected Candian Argentina and Bangladash anthems. Its good people stand up speak up me I am open minded and neutral . America. What's happened to our country so much waste stolen money that's un explained for .Have heard not know if true or not that President O. _ _ _ _ dad did harm to Friend that his dad died in plane crash I need to research .What has been any good that's come out of Apec Hawaii is fininically burdened .People can shout or whsat ever at my comment not to much fases me Be glad we all will be to get back to things when this is over I could not believe when you pay for post office box can not get it because Apec in waikiki after all done hope business and etc slap the state with loses . I believe every country and state needs to take care of its people citizens of that area . For keep the protests up this is America freedom of speech . For our country needs to wake up so does this Island know as Hawaii needs to wake up help keep local businesses and people .
Jake

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2011
Niliko. Powerful and straight from heart I am from mainland Rochester , NY actually lived here for awile now . Apec has caused only havoc and has it helped the working poor 2ndly even down and out people or the Natives . Being arrogant above the law or that it will catch up to them look at Governor he use to do dope did he get arrested no I do not will never understand corruption Us average people that obey laws and humble are happier with in remember who is paying for this Apec! People are all human beings money is not happiness .
HUHU local

Mililani, HI

#4 Nov 14, 2011
That little wannabe twit Lt. Governor Shatz is a lieing budding apprentice politician. I saw him on TV applauding Hawaii's hosting of APEC with some madeup monetary numbers which makes no sense. He was saying that this meeting would generate some $127 million bucks which is BS. What it did was forsake our number 1 industry tourism and left the locals huhu(mad). Lots of businesses closed down and Waikiki look like it was under martial law. These brainless leaders renovated all those sidewalks and landscape only to have it blocked up with fencing put up by a moonlighting amatuer contractor. Waikikis main drag look like it was a prison setting not a tourist destination. HPD's finest were at every corner talking story and getting paid for doing nothing. Our National guard was everywhere and looked like they wish they were at home with the family. The secret service had check points for any hotel that hosted any of these very BS special leaders. Our bewildered tourist were subjected to what it feels like to be a suspected terrorist. These politician that allowed this come 2012 will get the surprise of their political careers when we vote everyone of them out.
Joe Balls

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Nov 15, 2011
Barack Hussein and his muslim brother Saddam Hussein share the same mindset. There are the elite, and then there are the slaves. Nothing in between, the people are there for you to do with as you like. Treat them like the peons they are, they'll vote for you anyways.
English teacher

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 15, 2011
Niliko wrote:
Shame how some can be so powerful control the roads effect the average Joes . When so many in power abuse the system example police sitting in Alamona park even they in past dogs in park when city signs state no animals . I obey laws never broe any even in school never cheated nor told little fib strict upbring . Another thing thought. How can they raise money when not suppose to .Every one agrees rich special big wigs presently in our state. In my up bringing fortunate travel many soils my family saved to go. America always spends foolish gets in messes from doing harm to Micronesians, even some wars wronged. I feel no matter what income treat people all with respect do not use ,take advantage of the less fortunate. I try to have humor saying even these people pass gas it smells hee hee .For I was born in america lived other countries I always respected Candian Argentina and Bangladash anthems. Its good people stand up speak up me I am open minded and neutral . America. What's happened to our country so much waste stolen money that's un explained for .Have heard not know if true or not that President O.____ dad did harm to Friend that his dad died in plane crash I need to research .What has been any good that's come out of Apec Hawaii is fininically burdened .People can shout or whsat ever at my comment not to much fases me Be glad we all will be to get back to things when this is over I could not believe when you pay for post office box can not get it because Apec in waikiki after all done hope business and etc slap the state with loses . I believe every country and state needs to take care of its people citizens of that area . For keep the protests up this is America freedom of speech . For our country needs to wake up so does this Island know as Hawaii needs to wake up help keep local businesses and people .
You dumb arse see you no speaky good english broken sentence you no care people tink you stupid or what?
Sayonari

Honolulu, HI

#7 Nov 15, 2011
Good riddance, APEC a-holes, road hogs!!
george

Honolulu, HI

#8 Nov 15, 2011
The Obama Snub That Has Everyone Talking
BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - Tori Richard Aloha Shirts are proudly worn by Hawaii 5-0's leading man Alex O’Loughlin, The Descendants’ star George Clooney, many of the top business leaders in Hawaii, as well as some 2,000 volunteers who worked at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference from November 7 to 13.

The quality of the designs, materials and price makes Tori Richard one of the most elegant and elite Aloha resort wear creators in the islands.

The company sponsored the APEC conference, not only designing the volunteers’ shirts, but also giving every one of the some 20,000 delegates and 1,300 journalists a gift certificate for $50.
President Barack Obama’s administration requested that Tori Richard create an exclusive shirt for 21 world leaders participating in APEC for their “family photo” in which these leaders traditionally don cultural clothing best representing the country that is hosting them.

But Obama said Sunday:“I got rid of the Hawaiian shirts because I had looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and some of the garb that had appeared previously, and I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break. I suggested to the leaders -- we gave them a shirt, and if they wanted to wear the shirt, I promise you it would have been fine. But I didn’t hear a lot of complaints about us breaking precedent on that one.”
Many local residents and business owners were offended when Obama, who touts his local Hawaii roots, made this pronouncement.
Tori Richard President Josh Feldman, in response to local and national media inquiries, said on Facebook that he and his 140 employees who worked diligently to design the shirt were disappointed with the President’s decision.

“We knew there was some indecision on the use of the shirt but we had felt the Aloha Shirt's status as a multi-cultural garment would win the day. The 75-year history of the Aloha Shirt is strongly colored by visual influences from nearly every APEC member nation. The Aloha Shirt is known throughout the world as Hawaii's #1 non-agricultural export. It would have been a fitting image of the world leaders to be wearing a garment so influenced by the many nations they represent,” Feldman said.
He said print design was “actually directed by the White House” and he said the Obama administration was “quite specific” about what elements should be included.
The company went to considerable trouble to “print just 50 yards, enough for 21 shirts” and hand sew each shirt in the Honolulu factory with the “best of materials” including proprietary cotton lawn fabric, authentic mother of pearl buttons, true French seams and custom labeling that read, "Exclusively for APEC 2011 Made in Hawaii USA by Tori Richard”–with President Barack Obama's signature woven into the label.
“The huge effort and cost of a normal printing amortized over just 50 yards resulted in some very expensive shirts,” Feldman said.“We informed the White House who emphasized the shirts needed to be exclusive and one of a kind. This increased our confidence the shirts would be used.” The shirts were donated and no taxpayer funds were used.
One of the primary goals of APEC, the President said, was to push for more products to be made in the USA, and exported to other Pacific Rim countries, so that America could boost job creation.
He said in yesterday's press conference: "Part of my job is to sell America and our products and our services around the world, and I think we’ve done so very effectively. And as I said, just to take the example of exports, we’re on track to double our exports since I came into office. That was a goal I set, and we’re on track to meet it. That’s actually been one of the stronger parts of our economic growth over the last couple of years. And I want to make sure that we keep on driving that."
george

Honolulu, HI

#9 Nov 15, 2011
Several callers to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio on Monday morning shared their frustration with Obama’s decision, calling it disrespectful and offensive.

Rick Hamada said when the President had a chance to perform a simple gesture to promote Hawaii, he turned it down with “distain in his remarks.”
Others pointed to the irony that Obama spoke about promoting American goods, yet “dissed” Hawaii’s own handmade product that could have been showcased so easily to the world.

But Hamada maintained:“It was a slight. I don’t think it was very respectful and neither do the vast majority of the callers today."

Feldman said the company “took an expensive gamble and lost”, but “were honored to be selected and involved in the process.”
“I would do it again without hesitation,” Feldman said.
alice

Kahului, HI

#11 Nov 15, 2011
APEC was the bust I expected it to be
Abominable Snowman

Honolulu, HI

#12 Nov 15, 2011
George!!!

I will hug him and squeeze him...
alice

Kahului, HI

#13 Nov 15, 2011
The costs of the event will be huge..wait till the add up all the costs.
Choo choo

Panama City, Panama

#15 Nov 15, 2011
Sound familiar?
Joan

United States

#16 Nov 18, 2011
School teacher sounds like welfare food stamps from main land!you cursing at Niliko shame shame . This is persons view as you have right of yours .Our family has a town share in Hawaii in Winters live in Wallingford ,Ct . My comment of Hawaii is flith and rude people ! Hire of cheap workers and not only that Hawaii I Hop and Dennys is crap there quality is not there . Homeless abuse of parks dirt disgusting! So many using food stamps and etc stop welfare there .Hawaii is Not high class bums on buses such sloppy people and so many poor people.

“HILLARY OR TRUMP”

Since: Mar 09

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

#18 Nov 18, 2011
george wrote:
Several callers to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio on Monday morning shared their frustration with Obama’s decision, calling it disrespectful and offensive.
Rick Hamada said when the President had a chance to perform a simple gesture to promote Hawaii, he turned it down with “distain in his remarks.”
Others pointed to the irony that Obama spoke about promoting American goods, yet “dissed” Hawaii’s own handmade product that could have been showcased so easily to the world.
But Hamada maintained:“It was a slight. I don’t think it was very respectful and neither do the vast majority of the callers today."
Feldman said the company “took an expensive gamble and lost”, but “were honored to be selected and involved in the process.”
“I would do it again without hesitation,” Feldman said.
Harry the Homo is heartbroken. LOL!! You people keep worshipping him, kissing his okole while he snubs you. LOL!

Poor tings.
Harry

Ewa Beach, HI

#19 Nov 19, 2011
American_Infidel wrote:
<quoted text>
Harry the Homo is heartbroken. LOL!! You people keep worshipping him, kissing his okole while he snubs you. LOL!
Poor tings.
I'm right here Chaz, Guru must really get off on you when you put on men's clothes and use and abuse him.
alice

Fremont, CA

#20 Jun 24, 2012
don't ask me
alice

Fremont, CA

#21 Jun 24, 2012
we need to address the reality of the situation...

it is dire
alice

Fremont, CA

#22 Jun 24, 2012
so?
YAWN

Anonymous Proxy

#23 Jun 24, 2012
Came nad went last year. Old news nothing to see here.
English Master

United States

#24 Jun 24, 2012
English teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
You dumb arse see you no speaky good english broken sentence you no care people tink you stupid or what?
No Shit! Me no sapeaka ingalisha. you no teachi me?

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