Obama in Hawaii: Commander in Kitsch

Slideshow  •  Pam Mandel  •  06.25.09 | 10:31 AM ET Photo 1 of 7

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In Hawaii -- Oahu especially -- President Barack Obama is a hometown boy who's made good, and then some. The Commander in Chief is a Hawaiian icon, his image available on an array of souvenirs and other merchandise. Here Ron Jacobs' book, "Obamaland," eclipses a biography of Hawaiian musician Iz at the Honolulu Airport.

Pam Mandel is a freelance writer and photographer from Seattle, Washington. Her work has appeared in a variety of print, radio, and web publications and she's contributed to two guidebooks, one on British Columbia and one on Hawaii. She plays the ukulele, has an internal beacon that is surprisingly capable of locating the best baked goods in town, almost any town, and speaks German with a Styrian accent. Learn more on her personal blog at Nerd's Eye View.

1 Comment for Obama in Hawaii: Commander in Kitsch

Danielle P. 07.07.09 | 2:47 PM ET

WOW! I wish I went with you! I was there for a few weeks in February, just after the election and couldn’t really find anything on Obamabilia! Just a few t-shirt stores that had just a few t-shirts! And I was on a hunt for it too!

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