Officials scrap plan to name Hawaiian beach after Obama

Updated 08 October 2014
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Officials scrap plan to name Hawaiian beach after Obama

OAHU, Hawaii: A Honolulu City Council proposal to name a popular Oahu beach after the first Hawaii-born US president, Barack Obama, has been withdrawn after the plan met with little enthusiasm from the public, its sponsors said.
Council Chair Ernest Martin and co-sponsor Stanley Chang introduced a resolution last week to honor the commander-in-chief by renaming Sandy Beach Park as President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park.
Located near Hanauma Bay on the east end of Oahu, the beach is known for a large shore break that makes it a favorite among body surfers, including, sponsors say, the president.
Obama is known to have body surfed at Sandy Beach while he was growing up, and has ridden the waves there while on vacation since being elected to the White House.
But according to a statement Martin issued on Tuesday, “public reaction to the proposal has been mixed.”
“Most of the comments have raised the issue of historical and cultural sensitivity, and a number of alternatives have been suggested by the public,” the statement said, adding that the two sponsors have agreed to remove the resolution from the council’s agenda.
Reaction among beachgoers seemed sharply divided.
“Maybe he did grow up here, but as a local, I’ve been surfing here for 10 years easy, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Kanaloa Kane, a resident of the nearby community of Waimanalo, told local TV station KHON2.
But another frequent Sandy Beach visitor, Beth Amann, was quoted as saying that naming the park for Obama would “keep things more picked up” and bring “better maintenance.”
Martin suggested that given Obama’s strong support of Honolulu’s rail transit project, a better idea might be to name one of the stations after him.
“I’m confident that as this process moves along, the entire community will weigh in with other ideas for Honolulu to properly honor its hometown president,” he wrote.
The City Council, whose jurisdiction covers the entire island of Oahu, has previously approved funding for a plaque to be placed at or near Sandy Beach commemorating Obama’s fondness for bodysurfing there, said Mark Segami, a spokesman for Martin.


Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

Updated 16 December 2018
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Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

  • Earlier this month, the comedian wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers
  • A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday

NEW YORK: New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK.
A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.
What alarmed Davidson’s fans and authorities was the tone of the entertainer’s post: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He added a heart emoji.
Social media erupted with words of love for the 25-year-old comedian and native New Yorker who first appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 2014. And his name is trending on Twitter.
One admirer tweeted “hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love ... I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.”
Earlier this month, Davidson wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers, “and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.
“No matter how hard the Internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”
Davidson and Grande were engaged in June, but broke up earlier this fall.
In November, Davidson apologized for mocking the appearance of a veteran who lost an eye in Afghanistan.
He said Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw, now a congressman-elect from Texas, “deserves all the respect in the world.”
On SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment , Davidson was joined by Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL.
Davidson had mocked Crenshaw a week earlier, saying viewers might be surprised he’s “not a hit man in a porno movie.”
Crenshaw, a Republican who won a House seat in the 2018 midterm elections, took some joking shots at Davidson. And when his cellphone rang, the tone was “Breathin” by Grande.
Crenshaw got serious at the end, encouraging civilians and veterans to connect and paying tribute to heroes like Davidson’s father, a firefighter who died in the 9/11 terror attacks.