In the 2008 presidential race, when Barack Obama -- Hawaii's body-surfing, shaka-throwing native son -- was at the top of the ticket, fewer than half of eligible Hawaii residents voted. We traveled to Hawaii to ask people why voting rates were so low, and met with local groups who were working to boost the turnout.

This little election-minded romp through paradise was part of a new CNN effort called Change the List. Our tagline: "Bringing change to places that need it most." We start with a list and then tackle the place at the bottom of the ranks, with the hope not of shaming that place but of starting a conversation that could boost it into higher standings.

Reporter John Sutter's story:

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Video by Edythe McNamee, text and reporting by John Sutter

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