Kaua‘i celebrates Biden/Harris inauguration

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    Edie Ignacio-Neumiller of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i, center, has her pearls on in honor of the first woman Vice President Kamala Harris, Wednesday as she joins the East Kaua‘i Lions Club Prexy Janice Bond, and fellow Zontian Rebecca Carnate after packing food packages for associates of the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort.

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    Sharon Mitchell, Liz Olson, and a group of their friends celebrate Inauguration Day, Wednesday on Rice Street fronting the historic County Building.

LIHU‘E — Pockets of local inauguration celebrations joined the national event that took place in Washington, DC as President Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States.

“I got to watch it, this morning,” a volunteer at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort said while awaiting the first cars of the food distribution for its furloughed employees. “I got up a little after 5 a.m. and my husband already had the TV on. I got to see it until it was time to leave for work.”

Sharon Mitchell got to watch the inaugural events on television, too.

“I watched the whole thing on TV,” Mitchell said. “The inauguration address was so dignified.”

Mitchell went beyond the televised event, collecting Biden/Harris campaign signs and meeting about half a dozen of her friends to celebrate on the sidewalk on Rice Street fronting the historic County Building that had its main entry doors shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They told us to stay home and not make waves,” Mitchell said. “We’re not making waves, we’re celebrating the inauguration. Today is Inauguration Day!”

Mitchell showed off the special shirt she designed just for the occasion.

“This was done for a fundraiser,” Mitchell said. “But I ended up giving some to my friends, and I ended up paying for everything on my own.”

Cyndi Ayonon of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i joined Edie Ignacio Neumiller in wearing pearls to the food distribution event at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort in Po‘ipu.

“I have my pearls on,” Ayonon said. “This is for Kamala Harris. She is our first female Vice President. This wearing of pearls is a global thing. I read about it a few days ago, and today, I’m wearing my pearls for the Vice President. Kamala Harris is the first woman Vice President in our nation’s history, and the first woman of color and Asian ancestry. This is a woman’s empowerment thing.”

  1. I saw a Vampire once January 21, 2021 12:43 am Reply

    Celebrated that on Kaua’i? Wow. What would be the motivation behind this patriotism? Only east mainlanders celebrate presidents being inaugurated. I don’t know. I guess it is a surprise to find so many Biden supporters out there. Or Trump supporters. I’m not really a politics fan. I don’t hold signs for picketing of such sort. I vote, but that’s it to my involvement. Very good…

  2. Sue Port January 21, 2021 5:47 am Reply

    To all the Biden-Harris supporters on Inauguration Day out cheering on Rice Street in front of the Historic County Building, we love you both…!

  3. Lawaibob January 21, 2021 8:31 pm Reply

    Trump losers at home cryin

    1. Rahj January 22, 2021 12:19 am Reply

      Most of us are either working or busy finding ways to support our families and communities. Rather than celebrating this poor old man. We feel bad their making this 78yo with a decline in health work for 4 more years. The establishment GOP is milking this old cow for all he’s worth.

  4. MisterM January 21, 2021 10:58 pm Reply

    All sane people heaved a sigh of relief to see adults back in the Oval Office.

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