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In the footsteps of Barack Hussein Obama

Honolulu, Hawaii is the most frequented tourist destination in the USA. On August 4, 1961 Barack Hussein Obama was born here, and has called it home ever since. When Obama comes to Oahu, he is a kamaaina or a local who knows just what he wants and where to get it in the streets of Honolulu. Renowned for awesome Waikiki beach where surf competitions and outrigger canoe races take place, Honolulu offers its visitors a day in Pearl Harbour on the Battleship Missouri Memorial, as well as a great snorkeling destination in Hanauma Bay. When he was here last, Obama took time out to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific where his grandfather was buried.

Nyanza, Kenya is home to Barack Obama, Sr. who later divorced Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, when Obama was two years old. The father and son tandem kept in touch through writing. We can only imagine if he wrote to him about the world’s largest fresh water lake, Victoria; or about the wonder stones in Ramogi. For those looking for adventure, the Masai Mara National Reserve is the perfect place to be. Many of the documentaries featured on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel were filmed here. It is the largest nature reserve in the world that allows you to gaze at the animals in the wild.

Jakarta, Indonesia became home to Obama for four years. Obama’s mother married Lolo Soetoro, and moved to Jakarta where Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng was born. Here, Obama’s friends fondly called him Barry. His family lived in the Menteng residential area which is said to be the “Beverly Hills” of Indonesia. As a young boy, Obama would have enjoyed the Jaya Ancol Dreamland, which offers water activities for the whole family. With its viewing aquariums, swimming pools, fishing and boating facilities, massage parlors, and spas, Jaya Ancol Dreamland will definitely be a treat. Fantasy Land Ancol, on the other hand, is Jakarta’s local Disneyland, while Palau Seribu or Thousand Islands is best for island hopping.

New York and Massachusetts are the two states where Obama attended his final years of schooling – at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, respectively. The city of New York was once called New Amsterdam when it was founded in 1624 by the Dutch as a commercial trading post. What was once inhabited by 5,000 people is now the most populous city in the United States. Scenic spots in New York are Central Park, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, among others. New York is also home to many cultural movements and Broadway theatre.

Massachusetts was where the notorious Salem witch hunts took place during the 1600s. The accused were either hung or crushed with heavy stones. Things have mellowed down since, and the state is one of the centres of progressive thinking in the country. In fact, it was the first U.S. state to abolish slavery. King Richard's Faire is an annual renaissance festival that takes place in Massachusetts through the months of September and October, complete with costumed entertainers. Another interesting spot is the Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum that recreates American life during the 1830s.

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