Honolulu, Hawaii (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, June 9, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited the Hawaiian Islands where he addressed the US Conference of Mayors at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. The subject of the President's speech was the role of federal and state government in the struggle for civil rights.
JFK, who described the issue of race relations as a "national problem," called on the mayors to "look at (their) own unemployment, delinquency (and) housing indicators" with respect to race.
The President said he would work with the mayors "in every way we can," and that "the federal government, through legislative and executive action (can)...provide peaceful remedies."
President Kennedy concluded...
"It is clear...that these (civil) rights are going to be won--and...our responsibility...is to see that they are won in a peaceful and constructive manner."
Mary Adamski of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin writes that every President of the United States from FDR to George W. Bush has visited Hawaii. Her article was written in 2003, so certainly we can add Barack Obama to that list.
During his four day visit in July 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt planted a Kukui tree at Iolani Palace. Harry S Truman spent an entire month in Hawaii. Every POTUS since 1962 has "made a pilgrimage to the USS Arizona Memorial."
"Address to U.S. Conference of Mayors, Honolulu, Hawaii, 9 June, 1963," www.jfklibrary.org/
"Isles a stopover and vacation spot for presidents," by Mary Adamski, October 22, 2003, www.archives.starbulletin.com/