|The 2008 Presidential Caucus polled over 37,000
Hawai‘i residents statewide, making it the largest turn
out in Hawai‘i history. There have never been more than
5,000 participants statewide.
(hawaiidemocrats.org) The Democratic
Party headquarters at Ward Warehouse was filled with media covering
this historical event. Kalamalama Editor Ku‘ulei Funn was
there to help the Associated Press (AP) Honolulu Bureau cover
“I felt nervous. I had a lot of important information to
relay to the Associated Press in Spokane, Washington,” said
Funn worked along side Mark Niesse of the Honoulu Bureau AP to
relay the polling results to the AP in Washington where Deborah
Altmar, elections coordinator, used the information to inform
CNN officials about the progress Hawai‘i had been making
The vote numbers came in sporadically throughout the night, with
no real order; it was especially confusing because it was my
first time,” said Funn.
Deborah reassured me though, that the numbers are always given
in a random way, so everyone has to bear with the party until
all the final figures come out,” she added.
U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie, who visited the headquarters,
shared his thoughts about this year’s voter turn out.
This is a campaign no longer; this is a movement,” said
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye was there as well, and shared his
thoughts about the caucus.
I think the election is not over yet for Mrs. Clinton,” said
U.S. Senator Barack Obama had swept the polls with 76 percent
of the votes, while Senator Clinton had polled 24 percent of
Hawai‘i voters. On March 4, the next Democratic Party primaries
will be held in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The last
state to participate in the Primary Election is Washington on
It was an exciting assignment. I was glad to see history being
made in the process as well,” said Funn.
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