A police officer escorted former congressional candidate Angela Kaaihue out of a Honolulu City Council meeting Thursday after she loudly protested the renaming of an aquatic center in honor of the late Congressman Mark Takai.
Talking with Councilwoman Kymberly Pine before the meeting began, Kaaihue stated her opposition to Resolution 16-301, which renames the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Central Oahu after Takai.
Kaaihue said the name change would be a “disgrace” because of Takai’s Japanese ancestry, and then recommended it be renamed instead to honor President-elect Donald Trump.
After the meeting started, Kaaihue began singing loudly and dancing during a presentation by representatives of the Master Sha Tao Healing Center. That’s when a police officer escorted her out of the council chamber.
She was gone by the time council members heard testimony on the resolution to rename the aquatic center for Takai. The proposal was unanimously approved.
Even though neither political party wanted her, Kaaihue ran as both a Republican and as a Democrat for congressional seats in November. She was overwhelming defeated in her bid for a two-year term representing the 2nd Congressional District and in her bid to fill out the remainder of Takai’s term in the 1st Congressional District.
During the campaign season, Kaaihue offended many people with harsh statements about Japanese-Americans, Hindus, Buddhists and other groups.
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