This article, by B.J. Reyes, is excerpted from the website of KITV in Honolulu
On one corner, groups opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan carried signs urging an end to the conflicts on foreign soil.
Across the street, abortion foes protested the inclusion of funding for abortions in any health care reform bill.
The demonstrations were peaceful, though witnesses said one car that slowed down so someone could make an obscene gesture was involved in a fender bender.
Signs bore statements including "Stop the wars," "Peace, put it in action" and "I don't want to pay for baby killing." At least one demonstrator carried the Hawaii state flag upside down.
"We think it's really important, not only with the national coverage but international coverage, that people see that there are people here in Hawaii -- even while he's on vacation -- who are saying 'stop the war' and we greatly oppose the war," said Liz Rees, 39, of Honolulu, an organizer with the group World Can't Wait.
World Can't Wait is a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime and the on- going crimes that continue to this day.