President Barack Obama showed his true Hawaii local boy style, and warmed the hearts of many on this cold day in Washington D.C during his Inauguration's celebratory parade.
As the Punahou School band passed by him and his family, he gave the Hawaiian shaka sign greeting. Even his two adorable girls Malia and Sasha gave the shaka sign as their father's high school alma mater band marched by. President Obama's special visual acknowledgment went deep into every person who saw him wave the shaka sign and knew what it meant. The shaka sign has many meanings--all of them positive. In this case he could have been saying hello, good job, and take care all at once. With the President of the United States flashing the shaka sign, I think soon the whole world will be doing it, and that is a good thing.
With all of the other 102 bands, he saluted or waved whichever was appropriate.
Tonight he and his family will sleep in the White House for the first time. The television news said that the Obama's clothes are in the closet, their personal items have been moved in, and the White House kitchen is stocked with each of the Obama family member's favorite foods.
I can't help but wonder if he will have his chef make him a special "Zip Min" (saimin noodles in hot broth and topped with garnishes like char sui pork, eggs, won ton, green onions, and fish cake) to warm his body and remind him of home. Last year when he visited Honolulu he told reporters that he wanted to go to Zippy's and maybe get a Zip Min.