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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 7:53 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2007

Nine local events for Obama slated for Saturday

Advertiser Staff

Punahou graduate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama is getting a huge show of support around O'ahu and Kaua'i tomorrow.

A news release shows eight grass-roots gatherings across O'ahu and one on Kaua'i will be held supporting Obama's presidential run.

The events range from a barbecue in East O'ahu to breakfast in Pearl City to a Punahou Class of '79 event that will be held simultaneously with a webcast from Iowa, where Obama is giving a speech at a campaign rally. He will give the speech at 10 a.m., Hawai'i time.

Brian Schatz, spokesman for the Hawai'i for Obama Campaign, calls the rallies a "new and exciting element of old-fashioned grass-roots politics. It's community-based, with use of Web technology, all driven by a very special candidate. We are breaking new ground, and there is no doubt that this is going to be a very different kind of campaign for the presidency. Localized gatherings like ours are taking place all across the country. You could say we are all going to Iowa."

The local campaign announced this week the launching of a Web site, HawaiiForObama.org. Residents can go to the site to find the event closest to them.