March 23rd, 2010
04:35 PM ET
4 years ago

'Aloha' state wants Obama library

President Obama's presidential library might be coming to Hawaii if lawmakers on the island get their wish.
President Obama's presidential library might be coming to Hawaii if lawmakers on the island get their wish.

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to where President Obama should build his presidential library, Hawaiian lawmakers have one word: Aloha.

It should come as no surprise that Hawaii – the birthplace of the 44th president – would enthusiastically "welcome" this proposition. So much so that Hawaii's House Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee approved a resolution Monday urging the president to choose the state as the home for his library. Even Republicans backed the measure, said committee clerk Elijah Davenport. Eventually, the full Hawaii House will vote on the resolution.

Among the next steps, Davenport said, are researching likely costs to build the library and find potential locations. "There's work to be done," he said.

According to an official proposal Davenport provided to CNN, Hawaii would reap multiple benefits if the president decided to build his library there. The state would see a "massive infusion of capital," the proposal says, and add a globally-recognized institution to its landscape.

The proposal also says it would provide the Obamas with a "home away from home" after the president leaves office.

However, Hawaii may face tough competition from Illinois, where the Obamas lived for many years and home to the University of Chicago, where the president taught law for many years.

The Hawaiian resolution says having an Obama library there would be "a matter of great state pride."

Obama is the first Hawaiian-born citizen ever to become commander-in-chief.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. patricia c

    Is Hawaii a state or a foreign country? Ask Rep Gomerth he knows!

    March 23, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. AloNo

    It's fitting to have it in Hawaii, but I think Chicago will get the library. Hawaii should build a monument or something like that. How about a statue on Waikiki Beach with the President on a surfboard.

    March 23, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Laura, Boston

    If Obama has his way, he will have one in every state of the union (as long as they go along with everything he does).

    March 23, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Stacie

    Got that birthers...first Hawaiian-born President. Note to birthers: Hawaii is part of the United States.

    March 23, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. JES

    You can have both if you want.

    March 23, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Mark L.

    With the passage of his number one top domestic agenda item – Health Care Reform legislation – the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama will go down in History as one of the GREATEST Presidents Ever !! President Obama's name will join other former GREAT Presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy & William J. Clinton !! GOD BLESS YOU, ALWAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA !! GOD BLESS YOU, ALWAYS !! (I guess you already know whom I intend to vote for in 2012...President Barack Obama / Vice President Joseph Biden – ALL THE WAY...{:o)

    March 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Obama the Socialist Liar

    Put it in Pearl Harbor so we can have two monuments to days that 'will live in infamy' after what happened this weekend.

    March 23, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. mabel floyd

    i think they would have the library–that is where is was born and is proud to be from that state. if they get it they will have the memorial to one of greatest pres.passing health care is something both repub and dem pres have tried hard to get health care but the insurance bribed so many on both sides of the asile that the corrupt money prevented it–president obama came through for the people. congratulations hawaii–your native son does you proud–

    March 23, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Fooled Again

    I wonder why there is no Hospital that has a monument, billboard or anything touting the claim on Obama's birthplace?

    This seems odd to me, afterall it's a "historic moment" in history. I thought CNN said he was born in Hawaii?

    March 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    surprise that Hawaii – the birthplace of the 44th president...

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    Stop the presses! Does this mean that the President is in FACT A CITIZEN according to CNN? Are they going against the morons in the Birther Movement and untold congressmen in making this statement? Don't they realize that once states like (go figure) Florida lose their fight against the "unconstitutionality" of his signing healthcare reform into law, they have just taken away part two of their fight: the "fact" that he can't sign anything into law because he's not a citizen and thus NOT the President after all?

    Two things to celebrate in one day! I don't think my heart can take it!!!!

    March 23, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Jas

    Keep him there and the country would run a whole lot better.

    March 23, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama is the first Hawaiian-born citizen ever to become commander-in-chief.
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    There it is AGAIN!! It must be true! It must be true! lol

    March 23, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. RCasson

    I think the library should be in Chicago. He was born in HI, but his political career began in Illinois.

    March 23, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Turn Texas Blue

    Wow, a real library in a state where most of the people are taught to read and write.

    March 23, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Sounds good to me!

    March 23, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Bluebird

    Hawai'i ... land of unbelievable beauty and natural wonders... what a gift the world has received from you: our President Barack Obama.
    Yes I believe the Library should be built there....another reason to visit, again and again and again.

    March 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |