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From its inception, Kapi'olani has played a vital role in the health of Hawaii's women and children. Today, as the state's only specialty hospital, Kapi'olani is well recognized as Hawaii's leader in the care of women and children. Barak Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States. Barack Obama was born at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyangíoma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white American from Wichita, Kansas of mainly English, Irish and smaller amounts of German descent.