Hawaii’s bid is being led by the University of Hawaii and backed by the state. The library would sit on oceanfront property in Honolulu, but the university said it would be willing to share the library and museum.
“Hawaii is prepared to host the Obama Presidential Center in its entirety or to partner with another site to help the president create an institution with two campuses and a unified mission,” said David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii System.
Columbia’s bid would put the library on its new Manhattanville Campus in West Harlem.
The Obama Foundation has said it plans to announce a decision in early 2015.