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Hawaii officials drop plan to name park for Obama

Honolulu councilmen drop plan to rename beach park for President Barack Obama after objections

Hawaii officials drop plan to name park for Obama

HONOLULU (AP) -- Two Honolulu city councilmen have dropped plans to rename a popular beach for President Barack Obama.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) reports Councilman Stanley Chang and Council Chairman Ernie Martin decided to withdraw the proposal after hearing from the public.

The councilmen last week introduced a resolution to change the name of Sandy Beach Park to President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park.

The beach is a popular for bodysurfing on Oahu's east side. It was a favorite for the president as he grew up. He bodysurfed there while on vacation during his 2008 campaign.

Martin says in a statement that he heard historic and cultural sensitivity concerns from the community about the name change.

He says there may be other public facilities more appropriate to honor the president.

Updated : 2021-05-16 02:02 GMT+08:00