Hawaii Lays it on Thick to Woo Obama Center

(Courtesy of the Hawaii Community Development Authority)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you are Hawaiian, how do you seduce Barack Obama?

Do you stroke his heart strings? You could play up the sand and surf where he spent his adolescence, back when he was "brah," and not "Mr. President."

Or how about throwing down the Hawaii high school card — Punahou grad, right? You know, remind him where he started, where his roots are, and who he should be loyal to.

The underlying question about how to woo the president is a real one for the Hawaii-based team that is pushing for the creation of the Barack Obama Presidential Center on seven acres of prime waterfront real estate in Kakaako.

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