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Hawaii bill would install historical markers at 'significant sites' in Obama's life

Hawaii bill would install historical markers at 'significant sites' in Obama's life

A new bill introduced in Hawaii seeks to erect historical markers at places throughout the state that were “significant sites in the life” of former President Obama.

S.B. 44, introduced by state Sen. Stanley Chang (D), would, if passed, require the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources to appropriate funding and place the markers at nine such sites.

Among them would be a local Baskin-Robbins where the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the former president was employed during his teenage years. Punahou School, which he attended, is also on the list, as well as the Punahou Circle Apartments, where he used to live in Makiki, according to the outlet.

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The other sites that would receive historical markers are the Island Snow Hawaii, which Obama and his family have reportedly been known to frequent from time to time; the Koko Crater Trail, which he previously hiked; Noelani Elementary School; and Sandy Beach.

The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, where Obama was born in 1961, is also on the list.

The bill states that private businesses included on the list would need to agree to have the markers installed. If a business does not agree, the bill states that the marker would instead be installed “on public property nearest to the site.”

If passed, the legislation would take effect in July. 

In a statement obtained by the Star-Advertiser, Chang said that the former president “has become a historical figure in our nation’s history and much of his success is credited to his upbringing here in Hawaii.” 

“Placing these historical markers at significant sites special to President Obama is one way that we can honor his contributions and recognize him as a true son of Hawaii,” she added.