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January 21, 2009

Visit Obama's Oahu

With President Barack Obama now snug inside a security blanket of Secret Service agents and assorted military hardware, it's doubtful that he will be saddling up for a burger at the Kua 'Aina Sandwich Shop anytime soon. But his misfortune could be your benefit the next time you are in Oahu.  The February 2009 issue Condé Nast Traveler pays its respects to the 44th president with a guide to Obama's Hawaiian haunts--a sampling of eateries, beaches, and hang-outs blessed with a local vibe.

A sample below:

Kua 'Aina Sandwich Shop This perpetually packed North Shore burger joint is an Obama favorite; he visited in 2006, shortly before he announced his candidacy, and again last summer. It was on the 2006 trip that Condé Nast Traveler contributor Pico Iyer first encountered Obama, an experience he recalls fondly: "To meet the future president in a little shack over celestial avocado burgers is something you couldn't hope for at the Four Seasons or La Tour d'Argent" (66-160 Kamehameha Hwy.; 808-637-6067; burgers, $7-$9).

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