Trace Obama's Roots from Kenya to Chicago

In this Aug. 12, 2008 file photo President-elect Barack Obama walks the beach with his daughters Malia, 10, left, and Sasha, 7, during his vacation in Kailua, Hawaii. (Marco Garcia/AP Photo)

Obama's mother married an Indonesian and in 1967, they moved to Jakarta. Obama's sister Maya was born there. They lived first in a humble home on Haji Ramli Tengah Street with chickens and ducks in the backyard, and later in a Dutch colonial-style house in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Jakarta on Taman Amir Hamza Street, which is virtually unchanged three decades later. Obama first attended a Catholic school, Franciscus Assisi Elementary, and later a state-run secular school, Menteng 1 Elementary.

At age 10, Obama returned to Hawaii, where he lived with his grandparents until he was 18. He was a student at the Punahou School and played basketball on a team that won the state championship his senior year.

Last summer, Obama took a vacation on Oahu with his family. They visited Aloha Tropical Farms, Valley of the Temples and the Pearl Harbor memorial. They snorkeled in Hanauma Bay, picnicked at Ala Moana Beach Park and enjoyed the view from the Pali Lookout. Obama visited his grandfather's grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; he also golfed at Luana Hills Country Club in Kailua and Olomana Golf Links in Waimanalo.

Places where the Obamas dined during their getaway included Alan Wong's Restaurant, 1857 S. King St., and Indigo Restaurant, 1121 Nuuanu Ave. At Island Snow Hawaii, which has several locations, they slurped an icy dessert called shave ice.

College and law school: Occidental, Columbia, Harvard

Obama attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock, a northeastern suburb of Los Angeles, west of Pasadena, from 1979 to 1981. He lived in a dorm at Haines Hall his first year and off campus his second year.

In 1981, he transferred to Columbia University, at 116th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. A political science major, he received his bachelor's degree in 1983. He lived in several apartments, including at 622 W. 114th St. and 334 E. 94th St.

Obama was at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., from 1988 to 1991. He attended classes at Langdell Hall, played basketball in Hemenway Gymnasium and was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He lived in nearby Somerville, Mass., in an apartment at 365 Broadway.


Senator Barack Obama's home in Chicago, Illinois. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Interest in Obama sites in Chicago is so strong that the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau's website at now showcases places where the Obamas eat and shop. They include Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St. (upscale Mexican food); MacArthur's, 5412 W. Madison St. (soul food); and 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St.

As a community organizer in the mid-1980s in Chicago, Obama spent a lot of time at the Altgeld Gardens projects at 130th Street on the South Side.

He returned to Chicago after earning his law degree, taught at the University of Chicago and eventually entered politics. He now lives with his family at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., purchased for $1.65 million in 2005 in a historic district of the Kenwood area, an affluent, educated neighborhood on the South Side.

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