Hawaii Won't Name Places for 'Native' Son Obama
Many states have plenty of places named after native sons who become president, but Hawaii isn't one of them.
Nothing in the tropical paradise is named after President Barack Obama, even as he heads toward his final year in the White House, and attempts made over the years to honor the nation's first African-American president have failed, reports The Washington Post.
Stanley Chang, who recently stepped down from the Honolulu City Council, has tried seven times to get something named for the president. His latest attempt to rename a strip of Sandy Beach where the president, as a teen, loved to body surf, also does not appear to be moving forward.
But he's not the only one. Hawaiian politicians have been trying since 2009 to rename places after Obama, including a lot, a scenic overlook, two schools, and two state holidays, all to no avail. Further, an attempt to have the apartment building where Obama lived added to the National Register of Historic Places has failed.
The most famous thing with Obama's name in his home state is a shaved ice treat, the "Snowbama," a mix of lemon, lime, cherry and passion guava flavors that sells for for $4 at Island Snow, a place the president's family visits on vacations.