[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/23/art.obama.hawaii.file.gi.jpg caption="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.