Barack Obama Heads Back to Campaign Trail
Senator Obama said goodbye to the woman who helped raise him around 3:30 PM, Hawaiian time, Oct.24. His campaign resumes in Nevada.
Obama spent most of the past two days with his beloved grandmother whom he calls "Toot", short for "tutu", a Hawaiian term for grandparents.
On Friday, Oct. 24, after visiting with his grandmother, Barack Obama took a brief solitary stroll in his old Makiki neighborhood where he grew up.
Local news covered Senator Obama's visit at a respectable distance. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawai'i) said, "It's grave and it's serious," Abercrombie said of Dunham's condition. "That's why he's here. They miscalculated on how much time his mother had and he was on his way to visit her. Of course, she passed away before he could come.
"Those of us who live here in the Islands are used to how long it takes to get here. If the physicians say it's a serious situation, you don't hesitate to come, particularly if it's his grandmother and the last link to his mom and dad. It's the Hawaiian style, the way we deal with things in Hawai'i. It's all family. It's all 'ohana. We all come together."
"Ohana" is best described from a Hawaiian proverb recorded by the venerated Mary Kawena Pukui, 'Ike aku, 'ike mai, kokua aku, kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana 'ohana --"Recognize others, be recognized, help others, be helped; such is a family relationship."