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Barack Obama's Hawaii

The President's "Ohana"

Kapiolani Park, one of the many parks Barack Obama frequented while growing up in Hawaii
Kapiolani Park, one of the many parks Barack Obama frequented while growing up in Hawaii

In addition to making history as the country's first black president, Barack Obama is also the first major U.S. leader to come from Hawaii, where he was born and later raised by his grandparents. One of the most diverse states in the country, Hawaii's tolerance and mutual respect for different cultures helped to shape Obama's character today. Now travelers can discover this same places that once influenced him through's new guide, Barack Obama's Hawaii.

Fans of the president can now visit more than two dozen sites that were a part of Obama's life, from the hospital where he was born to the schools he attended as a child. The site also includes a list of the parks and beaches he frequented, as well as his favorite eateries, such as Rainbow Drive-In and Zippy's. On his last trip to Hawaii, Obama took his young daughters to some of the historic sites, including the USS Arizona memorial of Pearl Harbor, as well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where his grandfather was buried. Full tours are available by local Oahu guides, such as Hawaii Obama Tours.

When: Year-round

Where: Oahu, Hawaii


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