Hawaii is pushing to be the home of the Obama presidential library, according to a report Saturday by the Associated Press.

With the approval of Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), University of Hawaii professor Robert Perkinson is coordinating a statewide campaign with a budget granted by the university. According to the report, Abercrombie has talked with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and to Obama’s childhood friend Bobby Titcomb about his plans.

The AP also said the state’s development authority has set aside several pieces of land as potential library sites, with an emphasis on picturesque Hawaiian views. Obama’s adulthood hometown of Chicago, where he began his political career, is widely seen as the frontrunner to house the library.

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