President Obama’s inauguration and Washington meetings

President Barack Obama's inauguration

President Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 21, 2013.

I had the honor of attending President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Martin Luther King Jr. day, January 21, 2013. The crowds were impressive and the weather held up. People from all over the country filled the Capitol grounds and the National Mall as far as the eye could see. It was a sight to behold!

I have been in Washington, D.C. to attend some meetings as well as the Barack Obama President Center Inaugural Gala to raise money for a presidential center in Honolulu. The University of Hawaiʻi is spearheading the effort and we had a very successful fundraising event on Saturday. All four members of Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation attended, as well as First Sister, UH faculty member and author Maya Soetoro-Ng; AOL founder Steve Case; neighbor island mayors and many others.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.</p>

Hawaii Inaugural Gala

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood attended the Hawaii Inaugural Gala at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC on January 19, 2013. The gala was a fundraiser for a possible Obama Center is Hawaii.

<p>Former University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, left, and Mitch D'Olier of Kaneohe Ranch, center, attended the Manoa Forum with University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood on January 14, 2013.</p>

Manoa Forum

Former University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, left, and Mitch D'Olier of Kaneohe Ranch, center, attended the Manoa Forum with University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood on January 14, 2013.