Obama supporters to gather in Hanalei

HANALEI — Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama plan to gather at the historic Hanalei Bridge today to show their support of the candidate, who happens to be vacationing in the state.

Obama, who was born in Hawai’i, is currently on O‘ahu making a rare candidate visit to the state, which only has four electoral votes at stake in the general election.

Today’s event, scheduled for 4 p.m., is part of the Bridges for Obama — Yes, We Span! grassroots initiative that aims to gather photos of Obama supporters from around the world. Some 76 bridges have been photographed in 36 countries on five continents so far.

The organization said it selected bridges as a symbol of Obama’s candidacy because of their uniting effect and ability to “bring together opposing sides.”

To date it has recruited participants in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.

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