State Representative Kaniela Saito Ing will join “Resistance” groups on November 3rd 4:00pm and at the Hawaii State Capitol to send a message to President Donald Trump, who will be visiting various O‘ahu sites before embarking on his trip to Asia.
Ing will be holding a sign that reads “Aloha means goodbye.”
Ing explains: “Aloha is a Hawaiian value rooted in the idea of love for one another, that we are all connected. While I believe in welcoming everyone to our islands, we need to draw the line at wanna-be dictators who tell whole groups of people they are not welcome in our society. Welcoming him here undermines the values we hold dear. We are 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.’ So yes, ‘aloha’ means ‘hello,’ but it also means ‘goodbye.’”
Ing explained that Trump’s policy is personal to him and many others in Hawaii:
“My grandfather was a Japanese-American WWII veteran who fought overseas for our country, despite facing discrimination back home. This administration evidently supports the idea of internment camps, in 2017, people.
Also, like so many others, my father unexpectedly passed away when I was twelve, so we relied on community and progressive government programs to survive. If Trump and his GOP had their way 20 years ago, I would not be here today, let alone have gotten through school.”
Ing will also be marching and speaking at the November 4 “The Nightmare Must Go!” protest starting at Ala Moana Beach Park at 10:00am.