Hawaii committee calls for Obama statue in his birth state

  • FILE—In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama waves to people along the 18th green at Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii. A state Senate committee in Hawaii is calling for a statue of former President Barack Obama to be erected in the state where he was born.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

HONOLULU — A state Senate committee on Tuesday called for a statue of former President Barack Obama to be erected in the state where he was born.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously for a resolution requesting that the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commission the statue.


Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 and graduated from Punahou School.

The resolution will be referred to the Hawaii Senate’s Ways and Means committee for consideration.

The resolution called for an art advisory committee to be formed that would select a location for the statue, review design proposals and select an artist.

It did not specify how the statue would be funded.

The resolution said the U.S. thrived under Obama’s presidency, noting that the national deficit shrank by two-thirds and 16 million Americans were able to obtain health care through the Affordable Care Act adopted during his administration.

It noted Obama was only the third African-American to hold a U.S. Senate seat since Reconstruction after he was elected from Illinois.

Statues of several prominent Hawaii historical figures populate the area around the Hawaii State Capitol in downtown Honolulu.


A statue of King Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in the early 1800s, stands in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Statues of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last monarch, and Saint Damien, a Catholic priest who cared for leprosy patients, stand outside the State Capitol building.

  1. Ken Conklin March 28, 2018 6:30 am Reply

    Let’s not erect a statue for any politician until he/she is already dead. The article cited Kamehameha#1, Liliuokalani, and Damien. They were all longtime dead before they got a statue. Even with Inouye, we waited to rename the airport in Honolulu until after he was dead (and we’re already regretting we did the renaming). In fact we might come to regard Obama as a failed president, whose wimpy handling of North Korea and China might lead to the vaporizing of Hawaii.

    1. Shrewd Fallstar March 28, 2018 6:11 pm Reply

      See my above post.
      It’s so much worse than that, more than most can imagine or comprehend.

  2. Shrewd Fallstar March 28, 2018 6:00 pm Reply

    A. Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii.

    When the Incoming Ballistic Missile alert / DEFCON 1 initiated the mass dump of State / Strike Zone records to the Pentagon, DC was able to obtain, trace and confirm the insertion of Hussein’s ‘birth certificate’ into the SOH database.

    (BTW, Nice try, Tsutsui. Hey, where’d you go? Weeks after the Balistic Missile alert, ya up an split! LOL)

    Too bad SOH DOH Director Loretta Fuddy, the Hussein birth certificate witness, died in that little plane crash off Molokai a few years back, huh. She’d soon have some explaining to do!

    B. Anyone else concerned that those recent 100+ DOJ sealed indictments for Hawaii haven’t been issued yet because of the sleepers embedded throughout the State?
    They’ve been in place for years now, just in case this sort of thing came up.
    Military is working overtime to mitigate, but who knows just how bad this is.
    (Yeah, Chin, whatever you say. The travel ban is Bad. We’ll prove were not islamaphobic, by surrounding our children with enemy combatants. Wondering if Chin meets a firing squad for treason, GITMO, or Hawii sends him to Congress.

    C. Yes indeed, they are getting desperate! A statue?
    Wondering if the People of Hawaii will break out of their Blue Fog and tear this statue down when this Muslin Brotherhood plant is hung for treason. (Don’t hold your breath.)

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