Ever since he announced he was running for president, Barack Obama has talked a lot about his community organizing activities in Chicago, and how it led to his bid for public office. But long before that, he was living on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And those who knew Obama back then say the lessons he learned in Hawaii have served him well in this campaign.
In this Voice of America report, producer Heidi Chang interviews family and friends who knew Barack Obama when he was growing up in the Aloha State. They share their insight about the presidential candidate and how Hawaii helped shape his character and some of his values.
Heidi Chang is an award winning multimedia journalist currently working in radio, television and print, and producing content for the Web. Her reports have aired on National Public Radio, Voice of America, The World, the environmental show Living on Earth. Associated Press Radio, Marketplace, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other news outlets. Heidi has worked in television news in San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu. She's also worked on TV shows, films, documentaries and special projects that have been broadcast nationally and internationally.
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