April 16, 2009 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO: David Corrigan
Tax Day “Tea Party” protests were held all over the United States on Wednesday, including two on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The Tax Day protests were organized by the newly-formed Hawaii Republican Assembly, the Grassroot Institute, state Republican legislators and the state GOP. Well over one hundred protestors lined the highway fronting the King Kamehameha Statue on the Hilo Bayfront, waving signs, with some wearing necklaces made of tea bags.
The protests were billed as a “rally to push back now against Obama’s plan to attack individual liberty and American values, double the national debt, undermine our businesses, weaken our military, embolden our enemies, tax us all into oblivion, and to turn the good ole USA into a second-rate welfare state.”
Many of the Hilo protestors expressed deep concern over the mounting national debt, while others were unhappy with the tax hikes being considered by the state Legislature as one way to close the state’s budget gap.
The rallies were also held in the Hawaii State Capitol, Kauai and Maui.