It’s not surprising that Hawaii Kai was one of several neighborhoods that ran out of ballots early on caucus night.

It is the only district that has a both Republican state senator, Sam Slom, and a Republican representative, Gene Ward.

It’s also home to Charles Djou, the only Republican Hawaii has sent to the U.S. Congress to serve — albeit only for seven months in 2010 — in two decades.

And it’s where Linda Lingle, who hopes to be elected Hawaii’s first female U.S. senator, cast her secret vote.

How badly does Hawaii Kai want to replace Barack Obama in the White House?

One man voting at Kaiser High School wore a T-shirt that read, “Had Enough? Obama 2012.” The “u” in “enough” was in the shape of a Soviet Union-era hammer and sickle.

“Socialist.” “Elite.” “Country going to hell.”

Those were some of the many remarks voiced by the hundreds of voters who did their civic duty, turning out to vote as early as 30 minutes before the polls opened at 6 p.m. and as late as just minutes before polls closed at 8 p.m.

“I voted for Mitt Romney,” said Marvin Scharosch, 73, a retired Hawaii Kai resident. “I think he’s honest and has the best chance to beat Obama.”

“I don’t know who I’ll vote for until right before I do it,” said Davita Stonebraker, aged “60 plus” and wife and mother of pastors. “I like all three — Romney, Gingrich and Santorum. But I won’t vote for Ron Paul. I want the person who is going to beat Obama.”

Red Country

The Hawaii Kai voting demographic leaned toward haole and Asian American with some Pacific Islanders.

Djou, just back from a six-month U.S. Army Reserves deployment in Afghanistan, showed up with his family to vote, his two young daughters clutching at his hands and legs. Conservative talk show host Mike Buck also cast his ballot at Kaiser.

The caucus was run smoothly — very organized, with plenty of pens, lots of smiles and a steady stream of voters who patiently waited in line to cast ballots.

“I’m a proud Republican,” said one lady to another.

“Me too,” was the reply.

Some talked about the long series of Republican presidential debates.

“Too much bashing one another,” said one man.

Davita Stonebraker, the pastor’s wife who also volunteered for the caucus, just smiled.

“I don’t have a TV,” she said.

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