Hawaii vies for site of Presidential LibraryUPDATED 7:20 PM HST Jun 16, 2014Video Transcript
Presidential Library after Barack Obama leaves office... And Hawaii has company! Three states and at least six locations are in the mix.. All new at six... KITV4's Catherine Cruz has more on what bidders see as a gamechanger as Hawaii takes the HUI approach. 13 26-28 For more than a year now, it has been all about priming this prime spot in Kakakao. And even though the talk is of a competition for the Barack Obama presidential library Hawaii's Hui has been straight up, its really not about a library. - David Lassner 29:03- - "Storing stuff? Hawaii is not a place you want to store lots of stuff," The university, along with the state;s shakers and movers have put close to a half a million behind a proposal to be a partner in the mix. - LT GOV 5:08 -5: 11 -"We have one shot at it.We have one opportunity." And this opportunity could come down to location! Can this waterfront spot become a model for using cutting edge technology to work with the wind, sun and sea. The conceptual plan shows how the center could dovetail into Kakaako, the third city complete with think tank, a magnet for education and advocacy. - nat sound "The location has the prominance to feature postcard archtitecture and with the right design and the grandeur to inspire transformational work The kakako district is in motion and accessable nby car or by rail." - David 24 : 56 - 25:08 - "We dont pre-select an atchitect. The way this works is we suggest the location and program list and they can come back and work with us and thats one thing a two step process allows." Lassner expects decision makers will make a site visit before the final nod is given in 2015. It's a gamble, but the payoff could be big. - LT GOV 5:18- 5:26 -"In the long run when you look at the potential, the economic impact what it could mean as a as an economic driver. Those numbers are just tremendous," The shores of the asia pacific region just calling out for the chance to tell the story of an island son, a U.S. president. New York and Chicago are the other cities in the running for the center. The Obama Foundation will have the task of fundraising for what will become the president's legacy. The conceptual bid submitted today will be followed by a formal plan later this summer. And then we wait and see.