01/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Claiming Obama: Hawaii, Illinois Battle For Tourism Edge

HONOLULU -- Locals here sometimes call Barack Obama a kamaaina, the Hawaiian word for native born or one who has lived here for some time. Chicagoans, of course, think of him as a South Sider who often wears a White Sox cap.

Both are correct, and both also illustrate an increasing pull on the future 44th president from those who want to use his native-son status for their own marketing advantage.

So far, Chicago seems to be winning the battle. But Obama's 12-night vacation on the island of Oahu has again raised Hawaii's profile as an integral place in the narrative of his life.

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