Obama in 2008, Hawaii
Barack Obama has a large following and support from Hawaii have spent part of his growing up years in the islands and graduating from Punahou.
In December 2006, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie threw his support for an Obama presidential candidacy. Other Hawaii politicians backing an Obama candidacy include Sens. Russell Kokubun and Clarence Nishihara; and Reps. Della Belatti, Tom Brower, Sylvia Luke, Joey Manahan and Scott Saiki. Former Hawaii state Rep. Brian Schatz is heading the local draft Obama effort. Republican, former state Sen. Bob Hogue, who lost his bid for Congress this year to Mazie Hirono also supports an Obama candidacy. 
- Hawaii for Obama
- Obama clamor grows -- Abercrombie lends his support to the Illinois senator Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 29, 2006.
- Freedman, Chuck. Gathering Place: Black candidate will face bigotry, passionate support Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 28, 2007.
- Reyes, B.J. Punahou left lasting impression on Obama -- Then known as Barry, the presidential hopeful went against the grain Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 8, 2007.
- Park, Gene. Obama formalizes bid for president -- Questions about experience in national politics are likely as the Punahou graduate and isle native opens his campaign Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 11, 2007.
- Star-Bulletin staff. What some are saying about Barack Obama's days at Punahou School Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 11, 2007.
- Charlton, Brian. Obama fans will gather to hear their candidate Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 31, 2007.
- Borreca, Richard. Obama dominates local race for money -- Hawaii's own Barack Obama tops candidates in Hawaii donations Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 17, 2007.
- Reyes, B.J. ‘Overwhelming win’ thrills Obama supporters in Hawaii -- Isle Obama campaign turns focus to upcoming primaries Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 4, 2008.
- B.J. Reyes and Richard Borreca. Local Obama campaign optimistic about future races Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 9, 2008.
- Star-Bulletin staff. Isle Obama backer views win as key Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 27, 2008.