But the Hawaii governor now has the distinction of being rejected several times by his own party at the Legislature.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has until Aug. 16 to select a replacement for Lynn DeCoite.
The preliminary list includes a measure that would alter the funding of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
The Hawaii representatives say it’s necessary in order to renew the Compacts of Free Association.
Obama is the only U.S. president born in the islands and has many ties to the 50th state.