Presidential visits through the years
Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson, far right, breaks ground for the East-West Center in May, 1961. Assisting are, from left, Hawai'i governor William F. Quinn, U.S. senators Hiram L. Fong and Oren E. Long, and U.S. representative Daniel K. Inouye.
Harry S Truman
President Harry S Truman receives an honorary degree from UH president Gregg M. Sinclair on April 24, 1953 at Andrews Outdoor Theatre.
Richard M. Nixon
Vice president Richard M. Nixon smiles broadly as UH president Laurence H. Snyder, left, and UH administrative vice president William Wachter look on. Nixon visited Manoa on August 3, 1960 to view the scale model of the proposed East-West Center.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is given his hood as part of an honorary doctoral degree from Board of Regents chair Philip E. Spalding and vice chair Fred K. Lam, M.D., on June 24, 1960, as UH president Laurence H. Snyder looks on.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Vice president Hubert H. Humphrey greets Regent Monsignor Charles Kekumano on January 2, 1966 prior to receiving an honorary degree.
Lyndon B. Johnson
President Lyndon B. Johnson and wife Lady Bird visit the East West Center on October 17, 1966. With the Johnsons are U.S. representative Spark Matsunaga, left, and Hawai'i governor John A. Burns. Johnson also visited UH as vice president in 1961 to receive an honorary degree.
In honor of President’s Day and as a tribute to our nation’s leaders, here is a look at visits to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the East-West Center by U.S. presidents and vice-presidents through the years.
There were also visits to the East-West Center by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to address the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, and by President Barack Obama in January, 2012 to view an exhibition on the anthropological work of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.
Thank you to the UH Archives and the East-West Center for their assistance.
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