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October 1996

LWV-Honolulu General Membership Meeting
President's Message (Astrid Monson)
Wiki Wiki Drive-In Vignettes (Arlene Ellis)
General Election Activities Volunteers Needed
Position Paper on Con Con (Jean Aoki)
Orientation Meeting (Grace Furukawa)
Vote Count (Arlene Ellis)
Mahalo for Contributions

Wiki Wiki Drive-In Vignettes

All was not just discomfort from the hours of sitting under a tarpaulin in the sweltering heat, or the gusts of welcome wind that threatened to blow all the paperwork away, or standing in the hot sun servicing potential registrants – there were memorable moments during our marathon stint at the State Capital, Pearl City Shopping Center and the edge of the parking lot at the Kaneohe Shopping Mall.

The most dramatic event happened at Pearl City. We had noticed that a narrow, long, very black cloud was slowly moving toward our location – surrounded by a beautiful blue sky sprinkled with billowing white clouds and a very bright sun. Suddenly, without warning, a gust of wind whipped our tarpaulin up and sent it tumbling over the grassy area between the highway and us. Afraid that it would land in the highway and cause an accident, we scrambled toward it and dragged it back. Almost immediately, the rains came.

Some of us scampered back and quickly pushed papers into boxes and secured them under the work table. I sat on the metal ballot box containing completed applications, in order to cover the slot on top of the box, before finding a spot for the box under the table.

In the midst of all this furor, a gentleman walked up to us in the rain and asked to register to vote – now. Annie and I got a couple of umbrellas provided by an Elections Office employee, and held them over the paperwork as the man filled out the form. After he finished, we carefully put the dry form into the ballot box and thanked him for registering. We noticed, as lie walked away, that his back was dripping wet. We were in no way dry, ourselves.

At least 10 people walked up to us to register in that hour of driving rain. By now, we had transferred our working papers into a van. Our work site was completely underwater. However, no one was turned away. By hook or by crook, each was registered. An auto mechanic who looked as though he had spent the morning on his back on a dirty floor working under cars was forced to lean into the door of the van to fill out his form leaving his body out. He left smiling, though he looked as though he went through a carwash.

Meanwhile at the Capital site, a man in a convertible drove up and confessed that he was Jackie Parnell's doctor and was forced to drive-up and register to vote by Jackie "who is one powerful lady". When asked about Jackie's condition, he stated that he last saw her being wheeled into surgery.

Also at the Capital, a taxi drove up with a man who had just got out of the hospital and wanted to register to vote before going home.

In Kaneohe, Edna Shoup trudged hundreds of yards across the parking lot to the shopping mall, armed with forms, because there were more people there who might need to register.

Over the three days, there were many expressions of appreciation from our citizens for this service the State was providing. Tourists who wandered by claimed they knew of no such service in the States from which they came.

Mahalo to all who participated in this worthwhile effort.

Arlene Kim Ellis
Voter Service Chair

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