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Show Of Patriotism

If you drive along Kapiolani Boulevard in the morning, you may have seen him. A flag-waving patriot, who stands on the corner, every day - rain or shine. But Monday morning, one week after the attacks, he had company.

"It's been such a tragedy for everybody. But what we'd like to do is focus on the good. And we believe that there's hope for this nation. We believe that we're going to come through, no matter what has happened," said Nalani Paio, Aiea resident. 

This time last Tuesday, Paio was behind the wheel heading to work, listening to the radio.

"The more I listened, I finally realized what had happened. And I was really concerned, especially because I have family in New York."

Her nephew was near ground zero when the hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

"He actually catches the subway. He works in Manhattan. And he was about a mile away. So he got to see everything."

Got to see the financial towers crumble, a vibrant city grind to a halt. But first there was a long-distance call.

"My nephew had called his parents, who live in Waianae, just to let them know that he was okay."

But many others were not okay. For them... a salute and a vow to remain unified.

Judging by the sound of the car horns, it's a vow many have adopted.

"It gives me chicken skin and it makes me want to cry because it's from the heart. It's nice to see everybody come together," said Paio.

Many of the people participating work at the nearby Hawaii Convention Center. They plan to make and sell ribbons with proceeds going to the victims' families.

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