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(NEWSER) – The Hawaiian beach where a young Barack Obama bodysurfed is keeping its name after a plan to name it President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park instead of Sandy Beach Park met with what officials say was a "mixed" reception from the public.

"Most of the comments have raised the issue of historical and cultural sensitivity, and a number of alternatives have been suggested by the public," says Honolulu City Council Chair Ernest Martin, who introduced a resolution to rename the popular Oahu beach last week, reports Reuters.

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