By Ayoung Lee | Staff Writer

Word on the Street: What do you think of Donald Trump in the two years of his presidency?

Fernando Lapitan
Age: 50
Hometown: Waiʻanae

“Not that good. … [He could have] cut down on retirement … give us the money instead of the rich people. [I hope in the future] he is a better president. Better president to make a better future. … More Democrats need to go in the Senate seats.”

Tia Chong Kee
Age: 22
Hometown: Waiʻalae

“I’m not a supporter but I do give him credit that … he’s not afraid to speak his mind. But half the things that comes out of his mouth … oh boy. I give him credit because he wants America to be great again, especially the businesses, … but coming to all the controversies [like] the travel ban law and border, I just fear he’s going to cause tension to a country that might cause a bigger problem that might lead to a war. Social media is not giving him any credit due to all the slander. … All we can do is just wait and see and hopefully he can prove that he is at least a decent president in office.”

Ely Garcia
Age: 27
Hometown: Kauaʻi

“I did vote for Donald Trump because I didn’t like Hillary Clinton; it was more of a ‘voting for the best of both evils.’ … To me, Donald Trump is doing work, but the way he portrays himself, … his public persona is disgusting. I’m undetermined [politically]. He has done work, … he’s done some things that were OK, but for the most part it makes me feel s***y.”

Jordan Tanu
Age: 18
Hometown: Waiʻanae

“I don’t know much, but I always see on social media about how he’s racist and stuff. I see a lot of hate about Donald Trump, but I don’t know much about him to say much about him. I can see why they have hate towards him because of his tweets on like Mexican people … just being racist. I didn’t vote, so it was surprising when he won because of all the hate. So far I didn’t see much [accomplishments] … good or bad. The only news I’m aware of is local news.”

Kekoa Shirota
Age: 20
Hometown: Hawaiʻi Kai

“I think a lot of things have changed. I’m not really for him; stuff are kind of going downhill. I think it’s going downhill because he’s undoing things that people in the past have tried to fix. Like immigration, being exclusive to only people in America and not including others, doesn’t necessarily make it a good thing. It just makes more enemies. [They also] want to take ‘transgender’ and [make it so that] it’s only male and female and you don’t have the right to say you’re transgender. It’s not really holding up to America being free. [I consider myself to be] a Democrat. Everyone has an ‘American dream,’ but what he sees as the American dream is different than everyone else. … [He sees it as] ‘the U.S. is only for people born in the U.S. and if you’re not then get out’ kind of thing.”