What Obama’s Literary Bio Says About the Media

Imagine if from 1991 to 2007 (sixteen years), Sarah Palin’s own agent repeatedly published a biography for her that stated her origin of birth as being Canada.

When she joined the Republican presidential ticket in 2008, does anyone honestly believe that the media wouldn’t have discovered this information and wondered what the heck was going on? As everyone knows, only individuals born in the United States can hold the office of the president.

Thus, one would assume that during the vetting process for the highest leadership position in our country, the media would have certainly identified this discrepancy, questioned it, and investigated it. After all, the army of reporters sent by media outlets to Wasilla, Alaska in 2008 to research Palin divulged and scrutinized just about every imaginable, personal tidbit they could find about her.

The media told us all about the allegations that Palin had dismissed a public official for personal reasons related to her sister. They presented the incident as a major controversy, even coining it with the name, Troopergate. They fixated on her daughter’s pregnancy, after first questioning whether or not Sarah was even the biological mother of her own infant son. They investigated whether or not Palin billed tax-payers for a tanning bed in the governor’s office. They told us all about the visiting pastor from Kenya who once spoke at Palin’s church, and how he was an admitted “witch hunter”. They ran video over and over of that pastor anointing Palin during the service. They discovered that Palin’s husband was once a member of a group that promoted the secession of Alaska from the United States, and they questioned if the governor herself felt the same way. They obsessed over Palin’s hacked emails and demanded to know if she ever used her private account for public business.

Regardless if the media was being fair or not, it’s safe to say that they thoroughly vetted Sarah Palin.

Now, let’s talk about presidential candidate, Barack Obama from 2008.

We know all about the media’s laziness and neglect when it came to their investigating of the person Obama described as his “mentor” and “spiritual leader”, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright’s numerous racist and anti-American rants during his sermons were completely ignored by news outlets until his church started selling a DVD compilation of them in their lobby. Only then, when it was clear the videos would inevitably go public, did the media bother to report on Wright.

As the good folks at Breitbart.com reported on Thursday, the media’s disinterest in vetting candidate Obama was even worse than we thought.

From 1991 to 2007, Acton & Dystel who was Barack Obama’s literary agency during that time, published a brief biography on the future president, stating in the very first sentence that he was born in Kenya, and was raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.

Now, I understand that misprints often happen in publishing, but misprints are also corrected when information is re-published. Acton & Dystel re-published the Obama biography time after time over several years with that detail remaining unchanged. How does that happen?

If I had an agent who was misrepresenting my origin of birth, I’d sure as heck let him know about it and make sure the information was corrected. Barack Obama didn’t, and it’s a no-brainer that the question of ‘why not?’ should have been posed to him by the media. Yet, it wasn’t.

It’s not that the media was completely oblivious to the inference that Obama had been born in Kenya. In 2004, an Associated Press reporter printed this information in an article: “Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.”

When candidate Obama was running for the presidency, did anyone in the national news media ask this Associated Press reporter why he believed Obama was born in Kenya? Did they ask him if he was told this by Barack Obama himself, or maybe by someone who was part of Obama’s senate campaign? It sure doesn’t appear so.

Let me make something very clear: I’ve never bought into the Birther notion that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. I still don’t. I believe he was born in Hawaii, and there’s ample evidence (including the birth certificate the administration released last year) that shows that. The new findings, by no means, debunk that conclusion.

There are some pretty striking questions, however, than can be drawn from this freshly uncovered information. First of all, why didn’t the media find and question this discrepancy during the 2008 presidential campaign? To me, it appears that Barack Obama was at best complacent with being publicized as having been born in Kenya. At worst, there’s enough evidence to at least consider that Barack Obama may have actually been promoting himself, at some point, as having been born in Kenya.

Why would he do such a thing?

Well, over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a story unfold in Massachusetts where U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has been exposed for misrepresenting herself as having a significant Native American heritage. She admittedly did so for personal gain, and is suspected to have done so for professional gain in order to lend ethnically diverse bragging rights to the universities she’s served as a faculty member of.

It’s legitimate to at least ponder the notion that a young academic, and aspiring author might have concluded that publishers would take more notice of him if his background was more exotic and interesting than it actually was. In other words, a form of resume padding. I’m not drawing that conclusion by any means, but it’s a plausible theory and the evidence certainly warrants the question.

And if that theory were researched and determined to be true, one has to wonder what that would say about our president and his administration who mocked and ridiculed the Birther movement on numerous occasions (which I admit I’ve done in past writings myself). After all, how fair would it be for a man to condemn believers in a theory that he, himself, was the originator of?

In the end, it all comes back to media bias in the form of willful negligence. The question of why his publicist promoted incorrect information, and why Barack Obama was apparently fine with it, should have been asked by the media four years ago. It wasn’t, and I believe the most likely reason is that the media viewed Barack Obama as their dream car. They fawned over how great he looked and sounded, and they were swept away into the daydream of cruising down the road with him in the sunshine and light breeze. He was so perfect that they refused to take him out for a test-drive, fearing that he had significant mechanical problems that would force them to wake up from their fantasy.

It’s too little too late, but the media still has a responsibility to independently investigate this discrepancy, because the implications go directly to the character of our president. Maybe they’ll find that there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation that makes sense of everything, but it would be scandalous for them not to even bother.

If they need some motivation, they could always pretend they’re investigating Sarah Palin.


Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Kienlen/100003167050735 Michelle Kienlen

    Obviously this “reporter” believe’s this garbage about “obama barry” being “born”in Hawaii.I sure wish these “reporter’s” would show us some real evidence to back up their”belief’s”.Listen JD! We American’s are NOT as stupid as you “reporter’s” would LOVE to believe;We American’s have lost our faith in our so-called “media”,Please GET A CLUE!

  • http://classicalvalues.com/ TallDave

    Great column.

    The funniest part about all this is that Barack Obama himself was the first birther.  So that ad he ran saying “we don’t need a Birth-in-Chief” is awfully ironic, considering we already have one. 

  • xthred

    I like how JD participates in the comments.

  • Berryraymond

    John Daly, you are nothing but a racist birther.  There in that one sentence I proclaimed everything you just said as wrong, hateful and worthy of no further discussion or comment.  Now please tell me politically correct speach is not the most dangerous thing on this planet.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    UP !!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MouseyZbyszko Leslie Brown

    It’s ironic as of now, this problem has gotten worse.   A random skip tracer who had no interest whatsoever in the Obamas, was looking to collect a bad debt from a random bad debtor.

    In doing his many searches he came across Michelle Obama’s name, who, again, ironically shares the same social security number as a woman living in Texas.

    Usurper Soetoro ALSO has a social security number that is non existant.

    Explain THAT one

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBCX37ECBXHXCBS4I6YY6WFU74 RU14ME2C

    I have 1 more possibility to consider in all this Literary Bio stuff, which no one seems to want to talk about …… MAYBE, just maybe, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya?  How could I have come to such a conclusion?  Well, I’ll tell ya ….. I read the Literary Bio.  Imagine that.  There’s a sentence that says something about Obama being born in Kenya, and yet, no one considers that it is even remotely possible at all for it to be true.  Obama hasn’t a clue where he was born at (he was VERY young when it happened).  The only person for sure that does, was his mother (and maybe a few other people that may have been around, hospital support, family maybe, etc.).  The abundance of documents that remarkably have been allowed to surface (one has to wonder what he spent all that money to hide), sure indicate that maybe, just maybe …. he’s not eligible to be holding the job he now has????

  • texexpatriate

    This was an interesting right up to the point where Daly had to cover his ass by saying he was certainly no “birther” and for-sure oh-my-goodness believes that Obama was born in Hawaii.  Gag me, as they say, with a spoon. 

    • John Daly

      Would you rather me lie and say that I believed Obama was born in Kenya? I don’t, and never have. I wanted to make it clear that  the media is the focus of my column, not the birther conspiracy theory.

      • Ticked Off Too

        John, I enjoyed your article and am not criticizing you, but I would like to ask you if you ever looked at the evidence about how easy it is/was to get a birth certificate from Hawaii?  There was some pretty damning evidence against the state of Hawaii in Sheriff Joe’s last presser.

  • http://twitter.com/Colony14 Colony14Author

    Jay Carney: “Obama was actually born in the small town of Kenya, Hawaii.
    I’ve been there with my three friends who are named Hilary Rosen.”

  • http://twitter.com/Colony14 Colony14Author

    The brochure biography calls Obama’s father a “Kenyan finance minister.” But he was not a finance minister. He was merely an economist with the Kenyan Ministry of Transportation; working for a ministry does not make one its head. Are we to believe that Goderich invented the occupation of Obama’s father or that it was another “fact-checking error?

  • genann59

    Mr. Daly, it has come out, apparently since you wrote your article, that that agency allowed the people whom they promoted to write their own bios. So it appears your theory that he might have padded it to his resume is correct, and we still have yet to find out why he felt it was necessary. I agree, it seems pretty conclusive, although the birth certificate is apparently false that was presented, that he was, in fact, born in Hawaii. It also appears that he is trying to hide some fact from the public which is on the real birth certificate. He is also apparently using a fake SSN, and had falsified his draft registration. His first executive order on becoming president was that all records on him would be sealed, and since Sheriff Joe has requested the draft board release info on his registration, rules have been put into effect allowing destruction of draft records going to that period of time. I would really like to know why this man feels the need to hide his records and his true history. The records now being released show he was adopted by the stepfather, who enrolled him in school in Indonesia as a Muslim. They do show he applied to Occidental College as a foreign national in order to get financial aid given to foreign students. There is no proof he ever changed his name legally back to Obama after his adoption by his stepfather. there is no proof that after his mother renounced both his citizenship and hers when moving to Indonesia, that he ever legally became a US citizen again. There are a lot of unanswered question of far more importance than where this man might have been born. And I would hope that members of the press would ferret them out. Unfortunately, Breitbart tried and many feel he was murdered as a result of his efforts and many others fear they could die in the same manner if they search too hard for answers. Many fear he was killed to scare others from trying to vett him, and it is, instead driving many to try even harder, but only bloggers and the such. The MSM for the most part are happy with the status quo and not likely to make any real attempts to find out anything that might upset their applecarts. 

    • Ticked Off Too

      ” The records now being released show he was adopted by the stepfather, who enrolled him in school in Indonesia as a Muslim.”

      Loved your post, but wanted to point out that the records you refer to above were released long before the 2008 election. Thank you for your well thought out and reasonable post.

  • Kathie Ampela

    I read your bio, John, I’m assuming if there were any errors you’d let the site administrator know about it 😉

    It’s stunning that an AP report described US Senate hopeful Barack Obama as “Kenyan born” in 2004 and no one thought it worthy of a follow up in 2008. Or that Obama had described himself as Kenyan born in his bio, left it uncorrected for 16 years and no one even questioned it. An eighth grader with an interest in journalism would have been more professional.  Sarah Palin would have been eviscerated  for it.  I want to see Team Romney have the guts to call out the media on this one. Mitt Romney is following the same wimpy strategy John McCain did in 2008. 

    I think the American “bourgeois” is looked upon by Obama and probably his mother, Ann Dunham before him with great contempt.  It’s a question at least worth exploring by the media. I’d like to see one member of the American press, just one, with the guts to ask him about this point blank and see what his response would be. “Mr. President, if you were not born in Kenya, why did you lie about it in your bio 21 years ago? If it was a mistake by the literary agency, why did you let it go for 16 years before correcting it?”  But the WH handlers will never allow it to happen.  There will be threats of reprisals and so we will never see it happen.

    • John Daly

      lol. Quite true, Kathie.

      I actually wrote my own bio for this site. If Barack Obama did the same, that’s an enormous story. The questions you offered should indeed be asked.

  • Vince Russellf

    Every writer I have ever seen discuss the subject of Obama’s birth starts by saying I am not a birther. It is hard to understand this position given that Michele said “it was exciting for Barack to visit his birth country ” when speaking about his trip to Kenya. He would not release his college records or birth certificate until last year when he released a cy of his birth certificate with some glaring differences from normal documents. He still refuses to release his college records.
    Now you can think of many reasons. But one of the reasons is that he is listed as a foreign born student in college documents.
    Obama has ridiculed people who believe he is foreign born. But there is credible evidence to at least investigate. Maybe the writers need a set of balls to play this ball game.

    • John Daly

      For the couple of people who have criticized me for not throwing in with the birther movement while writing this column, you’ll have to get over it.

      I BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS BORN IN HAWAII. I’m not saying that to wuss out. I’m saying it because I believe it.

      All of my columns come from my honest beliefs, and I never worry backlash or ramifications from what I write.

      If you think Obama was born in Kenya, and you’re looking for someone to toss red meat to your belief, look elsewhere. I’m not your guy.

      • Viet Vet

        What I believe, given the evidence, is that Barry Soetoro was born in Kenya.  His grandmother told her daughter in no uncertain terms that she had better get that child to Hawaii pronto so they could set him up as an American citizen.   And the Grandmother was possibly  in a position where she could effect that.   She either had access to records, that she could manipulate, or people of influence she knew who could make that happen.  Under those circumstances it sure wouldn’t be hard to get Barry’s Hawaii “birth” listed  in the paper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Black/100003262604686 Terry Black

    Obama’s publisher, the Main Stream Media and Obama himself are simply performing damage control in a endeavour known as CYA and what the public is getting fro them is known as “Bull$hit!

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time!

  • http://twitter.com/DVinOakton Demetris Voudouris

    I particularly enjoyed the “Author’s Bio” at the end of the article. Just curious whether Mr. Daly reviewed this or whether it was put together by the editor off the top of his/her head. I hope there are no errors in this Bio.

    • cmacrider

      DV.  If there were any errors in it I’m sure you would be contacting the Washington Post to do a 5000 word essay on the misprint.

    • John Daly

      No errors. I wrote it myself.

      • Ticked Off Too

        As I am confident akaObama wrote his.

        How would his literary agents have known anything about an obscure 30 year old with no accomplishments unless he told them himself?

  • GlenFS

    Here we go again.  Even if true, it’s not the way to bring Obama down.  It makes him a martyr of the “rabid right”.  It serves as the sort of distraction Democrats pray for (if they pray).

    The for certain truth is that this “dream car” has a cracked block or he wouldn’t in his every deed and thought act like America’s worst “frienemy”.  That is bringing him down.  Plenty of time to prove any conspiracies once he’s been towed to the wreckers.

    • John Daly

      Agreed that this isn’t the way to bring Obama down. The point of the article was the media’s refusal to vet him properly in 2008.

      Obama should be taken down based on his record as president, which is atrocious.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      There is only one right way to bring Obama down and that is to show America that he usurped the office of the POTUS.  When we can now add Obama’s literary agency promotional booklet (Dystel and Goderich) to other instances pointing to that Kenyan birth, there is a pretty good chance that Obama is not a “natural born Citizen.”  It can be proven that he isn’t a “natural born Citizen” without all this other evidence since his Daddy was a British subject and passed that along to his son (British Nationality Act of 1948).  Obama was also adopted by his step-father and lived in Indonesia, had to become an Indonesian citizen in order to attend school there.  Sounds like dual citizenship to me!  The Constitutional issue is the only right way to dispose of this usurper.  You cannot impeach him, he was never eligible to be President in the first place.  

      Add to this bio information from 1990 thru 2007 a list of other reasons why one would think Obama was Kenyan born and you have more evidence supporting the Kenyan birth than an Hawaiian birth.  Michelle Obama let it slip that Obama was a Kenyan.  Some of Obama’s Kenyan family in Kenya said he was Kenyan born.  There are influential Kenyan government officials who say he was Kenya born and now Obama in writing his own bio stating he was Kenyan born.  I think we have a Kenyan for POTUS, how about you.  At this time we only have an April 27th, 2011 computer generated birth record that is a proven forgery (see Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s massive evidence showing this to be true) that says Obama was Hawaiian born.  Add to the fact that Obama has a forged Selective Service registration and may have been using a fraudulent SS#, one that was flagged by E-Verify, I think it is safe to say Obama is a fraud.  

      Mr. Daly, if you would, please ask Bernie to look into this for us, it would be much appreciated.  He could report back to us on his weekly segment with Bill O’Reilly.  

      Here is a nice little foot note concerning Obama.  It is common knowledge that Obama is 50% white, 43.25% Arab (thus all the funny Arab names on Daddy’s side) and 6.75% African/Negro.  Not long ago the folks at Conservative and Liberal media outlets convinced us that Herman Cain was a sexual pervert based on allegations.  Not long before that Larry Sinclair made allegations backed by a signed affidavit that he worked on Obama’s plumbing in the back seat of a limo in Chicago while  the State Senator Obama smoked crack cocaine (drug of his choice).   So based upon this vast knowledge it seems America has elected a White, Arab, Black, Bi-Sexual, Crack Head as POTUS.  Now aren’t we a well rounded and diverse electorate.  Oh, now that the President is an evolved supporter of Homosexual marriage the Bi-Sexual comment should not offend anyone.  In his own words from his audio of his book Dreams From My Father, Obama indulged in cocaine so that too should not be offensive.  Oh how we have evolved into a society that is tolerant on steroids. 

      • Ticked Off Too

        “There is only one right way to bring Obama down and that is to show America that he usurped the office of the POTUS.”

        BRAVO!!!  Thank you for saying this so distinctly.  I said much the same thing 3.5 years ago.  Allowing him to stand sets a very dangerous precedent for the future of our country.  Have you ever wondered if one of Osama bin Laden’s kids managed to have a child born in the USA?  We could see them running for president in the near future and after the akaObama fiasco, how could we stop them?

  • Nancye

    Obama said in his own words and voice that he was born in Kenya, so why should we dispute it?  He should be impeached and he and his minions should spend the rest of their lives in an orange jumpsuit in Leavenworth.

    • cmacrider

      Nancy:  Now that Obama has come out in favour of same sex marriage … you may want to consider supplying Obama and his minions with more than just one jumpsuit.  …  Always got to bear in mind the “cruel and unusual punishment” provision..

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      We cannot impeach someone who was never eligible to be POTUS in the first place.  However, he can be forced to resign and thus making him available for prosecution as to his many crimes.   We all know that if Mitt Romney’s name could be attached to these various crimes the Democrats would be demanding that he step down forcing the Republicans into a brokered convention.  So please tell me why the cowering Republicans are not lowering the boom on this usurper.  Make no damn sense!!

  • DOOM161

    There are basically two possibilities:

    1. Either the “smartest man ever to run for President” wasn’t smart enough to read what his publisher wrote about him, or

    2. He agreed with the statement.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CEDCXXRBJUUXRVBFO7RCLJQMOU Rufus

    Given that Miz Warren’s fabrications were committed at Hahvid, it’s high time a journalist of some repute leans on that august institution to divulge Mr. Obama’s status as a student. No biggie, we don’t want to know such deeply personal things as whether his problems with subject/verb agreement and comma usage were evident in the papers he wrote, we’d just like to know whether he was gaming the system by claiming to be something he wasn’t. After all, Liz Warren did it, so it’s no big deal. Everyone else, come on out of the closet!

  • cmacrider

    John:  I have no idea whether Barack was or was not born in Hawaii.  However, as a Canadian observer of American politics, I can assure you he does not pass the smell test.  He does not either sound or convey that particular indescribable quality which typifies Americans.  Since Barack first hit the national scene as a Democratic candidate (to me) he sounds  and thinks more like a Canadian socialist than an American.

    I suggest its time that Americans re-read The Founding of New Societies (1964), by Louis Hartz.  In his day Hartz  was a prominent American Political Scientist and his theory that America was founded on classical liberalism and as an ideological fragment separate from Europe could not and did not evolve towards socialism does much to explain why many Americans have doubts about Obama’s origins of birth.  I suggest they sense the same thing as I do “This man doesn’t sound, smell, or taste like an American.”  

    • Viet Vet

      Exactly, cmarider.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    So much for the April 27th computer generated forged birth record.  The Secretary of State in Arizona said if Hawaii does not provide a legitimate birth record for Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoro, Harrison J. Bounel) he will not allow this usurping President’s name to appear on the Arizona Presidential ballot.  So what will the cowering Jan Brewer say about this?  

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    John Daly needs to pack his bags and head to Arizona to have a chat with Sheriff  Joe Arpaio and his lead investigator Mike Zullo who have included enough document experts testimonies  in their investigation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the April 27th, 2011 computer generated birth record is a forgery.  They continued with that investigation and discovered that Obama fraudulently registered with the Selective Service, the card was a forged document.  The investigation went from a “probable cause”  to an on-going “criminal” investigation.  John Daly says he believes that Obama was born in Hawaii because he trusts the April 27th document to be legitimate.  I will place my faith in the testimony of career law enforcement officers who have career unblemished records and are experts in collecting and evaluating evidence before I trust a John Daly and anyone reading this should also lean that way.  

    Does John Daly know anything about the forged Selective Service document?  Does he know that there are NO Selective Service cards with TWO digits numbers for the year of registration EXCEPT in Barack Hussein Obama’s registration?  We are talking about the Commander in Chief for crying out loud.  

    Does John Daly know anything about the “natural born Citizen” issue and the fact that John McCain had to prove his “natural born Citizen” status and Barack Hussein Obama was given a pass?  Was John Daly down with the Democrat “birthers” in 2007?  Do you not think that this time around that Barry Soetoro should have to face the same procedure that John McCain suffered through at the hands of the Democrat birthers?   I will bet John Daly that Barack Hussein Obama would never be able to prove his “natural born Citizen” status?  

    Does John Daly know that there are numerous Obama ballot challenges going on around the country some of which are on very substantial appeals.  One just started in Florida.  When will John Daly drop us a line or two about those ballot challenges and give some details at to why Obama’s ballot is being challenged.  It may have something to do with the very subject that John Daly mentions in this article, the possibility that Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t have a legitimate American birth certificate.  Try connecting the dots!!

    • John Daly

      I haven’t seen my full name printed that many times since I reviewed my living will.

      • http://twitter.com/DVinOakton Demetris Voudouris

         John … Can you please confirm that your bio (above) is correct. I am concerned about possible errors.

        • John Daly

          Confirmed. It’s correct. 😉

      • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

        I guess you are not going to answer the questions?   What would your reason be for not answering the questions?  Maybe you can ask Bernie to answer them for us?  

        • John Daly

          No. Boredom. No.

  • Severian12

    Good article.

    His bio and it being ignored by the mass media says all we need to know about Obama and the media.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      No, Obama’s bio doesn’t say it all but it should have given the conservative media enough hints that this man was hiding some very important background information.  When John McCain was forced by the liberal media birthers and Democrat birthers to prove his “natural born Citizen” status the conservative media (including the likes of Bill O’Reilly and the folks at Fox and their Conservative guests which would include Bernie Goldberg) should been all over that like flies on dog poop and demanding that Barack Hussein Obama prove he was a “natural born Citizen.”  Obama would have never survived that vetting and we would not be suffering through this nightmare.  The founding fathers knew what they were doing when they insisted that the Commander in Chief be a “natural born Citizen” and we are watching our failure to abide by that requirement play out before our very eyes today.  

  • Al Dente

    Eyewitness says Obama was conceived and born in Hawaii: