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Hawaii to play undetermined role in Barack Obama Foundation

University of Hawaii President David Lassner and Gov. David Ige University of Hawaii President David Lassner and Gov. David Ige
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Barack Obama Foundation has selected Chicago as its home, but the group still plans to collaborate in some way with the University of Hawaii.

University of Hawaii President David Lassner said Tuesday that it's clear that the foundation wants to have a presence in Hawaii. He says that while the state isn't going to build the facility in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako that it proposed, there will still be benefits to the state.

Lassner says the university will be working with the foundation over the next few months to figure out what the relationship will be. He says it will be an incredible opportunity for students, faculty and staff.

Gov. David Ige says Hawaii's location in the Pacific and Obama's early years spent on the islands shaped the president's thinking.

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