Barack Obama Landmarks


About Barack Obama Landmarks


Downtown Honolulu near Punahou School is home to some of the significant sites that played a role in Barack Obamas early years. On the 10th floor of an apartment building near Punahou Street is where Obama lived during his childhood in Hawaii. Theres his high school, Punahou School, with fellow alumni Kelly Preston, Michelle Wie, and the founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar. And just around the corner is the hospital Obama was born. Plus, the Baskin-Robbins tucked just off King Street near Kalakaua Avenue is where Obama spent a summer scooping ice cream as his first job.


Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He is the first Hawaii-born US President and also the first African-American to hold office. His time spent growing up in Hawaii left an impression on him, Obama once said: “The opportunity that Hawaii offeredto experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respectbecame an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.” The Obama family visits Hawaii as often as possible.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Drive-by Only
  • Insider Tip: The sites come and go quickly so be sure to have your camera ready.
  • Fun Fact: The nearby Baskin-Robbins on King Street was where Obama held a summer job scooping 31 flavors of ice cream.
  • What to Expect: Punahou School, Kapiolani Medical Center, and more roadside sites.
  • Pop Culture: Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machu Picchu, graduated from Punahou School in 1892.