On Jan.14 the Honolulu City Council deferred action on a bill aimed at renaming an Oahu beach park after President Obama.

Bill 79 would have amended a current Honolulu ordinance to allow city facilities or parks to be named after living U.S. presidents born in Hawaii. Currently, Honolulu law requires that parks and facilities only be named for individuals who are deceased.

During the City Council's Public Safety and Services Committee meeting, members voiced concerns about the bill being too specific and mentioned interest in legislation allowing for city facilities to be named after other living individuals.

Bill 79 was just a first step in the renaming process. Bill 09-351, which would have renamed Aina Moana Beach Park as the President Barack Obama Beach Park at Magic Island, likely now will be shelved until the city ordinance requiring city parks and facilities be named after deceased persons is successfully amended.

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