This year, focus on Republican candidates
Hilo, Hawaii – Video by David Corrigan
For the second year in a row, a large group of tax payers fed up with the size and direction of government gathered along Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo to wave signs and American flags on tax day.
The Tax Day Tea Party in Hilo was one of many held in Hawaii and across the country. The demonstrations were also held in Kailua-Kona, Honolulu, Kahului, and Lihue.
The Tea Parties, named after the The Boston Tea Party of 1773 when colonial Americans revolted against the taxes imposed by the British government, had added fodder to rail against this year. Hawaii Legislators propose to raise taxes on oil and cigarettes.
The first of the modern day tea parties, held last year (without tea dumping), were angry affairs, as news of the federal stimulus plans enraged the protesters who were already concerned with the future fiscal health of the nation. This year, there was a greater sense of optimism amongst the group, mainly because there was new hope in a slate of Republican candidates running for governor and U.S. Congress.