Barack Obama-Organization, Hawaii
revised May 26, 2008

Headquarters: out of Winer's law firm
State Director Andy Winer
Partner in the Hawaii law firm of Winer Meheula & Devens LLP, established 1992.  Directed the 2002 Hawaii Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.  J.D. University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1985.  B.A. University of California at Los Angeles, 1982.

GOTV Coordinator
Caroline Grey
Field organizer on the campaign in Iowa.

Deputy GOTV Coordinator
Ria Baldevia
B.A. in economics from Trinity University, 2005. 

U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (from day one according to a spokesperson; Abercrombie knew Obama's family before he was born)

source (Obama for America HI HQ blog)
State Senator Clayton Hee
Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser
State Senator Les Ihara
Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim
State Senator Russell Kokubun
State Senator Clarence Nishihara
State Senator Norman Sakamoto

State Representative Karen Awana
State Representative Lyla Berg
State Representative Joe Bertram
State Representative Tom Brower
State Representative Mele Carroll
State Representative Robert Herkes
State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu
State Representative Michael Magoay
State Representative Joey Manahan
State Representative. Marcus Oshiroi
State Representative Scott Saiki
State Representative Alex Sonson
State Representative Mark Takai
State Representative Glenn Wakai
State Representative Tommy Waters

Honolulu Councilmember Ann Kobayashi

Television personality/journalist Emme Tomingbang
Community Activist Amy Agbayani
Film Producer Chris Lee
Actress Kelly Hu
Actor Daniel Dae Kim
Actor Cary Tagawa

also Obama's half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng was very active in the campaign.

and Honolulu Advertiser  (02/17/08)

post caucus
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (May 9, 2008)
Superdelegate Dolly Strazer (May 12, 2008)
Senator Daniel Akaka (May 12, 2008)
selected May 25, 2008: newly elected Hawaii Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz and Vice Chairman Kari Luna; retired Judge James Burns

from Obama for America
May 9, 2008

Hawaii Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Endorses Barack Obama

Chicago, IL - Today, Hawaii Congresswoman Mazie Hirono announced her support for Barack Obama today, citing his ability to unite the Democratic Party and bring about real change:

"Today I announce my endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. I do so after watching these historic campaigns unfold across our country, where hundreds of thousands of people participated as never before. It is clear that Americans want our country back on a course of hope and opportunity.

I make my announcement with deep respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton. She is an extraordinary woman. However, it is time to unite the party behind Senator Obama and to use our energy and resources to defeat Senator John McCain. Barack Obama can unite our Party and our country and bring about the positive changes Americans want.

Of course, all of us are especially proud of Senator Obama's deep roots here in our state, and overwhelmingly embraced his candidacy in our recent caucus. His love for Hawaii and understanding of its diversity have given him a foundation for understanding the diversity of our country. I am proud to endorse Senator Obama and I look forward to a winning campaign."

"As a native of Hawaii, it means so much to have Rep. Mazie Hirono's support," said Senator Obama. "She has worked tirelessly to help America and Hawaii achieve energy independence and to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. She has also been a leader in working to improve the economy and to create good-paying jobs. Rep. Hirono embraces the kind of change we need in Washington, and I look forward to working closely with her."

Hirono is the 271st superdelegate to endorse Barack Obama. Obama is 160 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.

May 12, 2008

Hawaii Superdelegate Dolly Strazar Endorses Barack Obama

Chicago, IL - Today, Hawaii Superdelegate Dolly Strazar endorsed Barack Obama for President. Strazar is the 279th superdelegate to endorse Obama. Obama is 152 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.

"As a Democratic National Committeewoman, I have felt it my duty to let this unique presidential campaign process play out, one that has reached across the country and engaged millions of Americans in expressing their preference for a Democratic nominee before expressing my preference as a superdelegate. I am now convinced that it is time to pull together behind a single candidate who has the backing of a growing number of Americans . I therefore announce my wholehearted endorsement of Senator Barack Obama.

I have had and still do have the utmost respect for Senator Hillary Clinton and the positive and uplifting force that both of the Clintons have been in Hawaii. It excites me, however, to enter active campaigning for a son of Hawaii who learned the lessons of "getting along" that so dominate the values of the people of the fiftieth state. I am convinced that these values of inclusiveness and respect for differences that we take for granted in Hawaii are part of what has made our America a nation based on freedom, equality, justice and the pursuit of happiness. I further believe that these values will serve to unify our country and lead us to victory in November.

The will of Democrats in Hawaii was expressed loudly and clearly in February and I am proud to see that that same vision has been reflected throughout the country in Democratic support for Senator Obama."

Dr. Marie Dolly Strazar is a member of the Hawaii Democratic Party.

May 12, 2008

Senator Daniel Akaka Endorses Barack Obama; Delegate Countdown - 151 To Go

CHICAGO, IL – Today, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka from Hawaii endorsed Barack Obama for President. Akaka is the 280th superdelegate to endorse Obama, who is now 151 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.

Senator Akaka’s Statement is below:

For more than a year, people have asked me who I plan to endorse for President of the United States.  I’ve waited this long for several reasons. The Democratic campaign began with more than ten declared candidates.  As a veteran of more than 30 years on Capitol Hill, I knew each and everyone of them and had worked closely with all.  I had no doubt that each of them had the knowledge and ability to lead our country out of the financial and diplomatic chaos that we’ve experienced for the past eight years.

Having waged a number of campaigns myself, I can tell you they are not easy.  Campaigns are tests, and there’s no tougher one than running for President.  Like many Americans, I’ve followed the campaign for President closely and with growing interest, eager to see which candidate would articulate a vision for our country, encourage hope and renew faith in our government, and stand to the rigors of a nationwide contest.

After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided that for me, that candidate is Barack Obama.

Rather than echo his supporters or review his platform on health care, the environment, or the war in Iraq, I want to add a different voice to those who believe Senator Obama would make a fine President.  He is the antidote we need to cure Washington of the uninspired, partisan politics that has plagued our country far too long.

What makes him uniquely qualified?  A March 2008 feature in Vanity Fair magazine offers a clue:  “He was born and came of age in Hawaii, the 50th state and in many ways among the freest‑thinking, where mixed‑race ancestry is …a given... If Obama comes across as a bit of a softy—if you don’t see the toughness or the ambition at first—it may be in part because he spent his formative years in a place where ‘Live Aloha’ had not yet become a slogan aimed at recapturing a more gracious time, but was simply a way of life.”

I have great hope, that in his own way, Barack Obama will achieve what I have been working to accomplish my entire Congressional career, more tolerance and understanding, an appreciation for common goals and interests, rather than an emphasis on our differences.

While I am pledging my support to Senator Obama, I want to make it very clear that I hold both Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton in the highest regard as colleagues and friends.  Senator Clinton has campaigned hard and well and I wish her all the best as we move forward.  In an example of her leadership and commitment, Senator Clinton has promised that come November, the Democratic Party will be united behind our presidential nominee and I send her my fondest aloha for her courage and selflessness.

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