Pres. Obama gets "shave ice" on New Year's Eve

Published On: Dec 31 2013 04:49:25 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 05:34:08 PM HST

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KAILUA, Hawaii -

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, President Barack Obama emerged from Island Snow in Kailua holding a cherry and lemon-lime "shave ice," an island treat.

His daughters had emerged first with about a dozen other friends and family members and headed to several benches outside the shop.  Mrs. Obama was not there.

The president left Island Snow last and headed in the other direction to greet about three dozen people who were waiting for him in a seating area outside Bob's Pizzeria.  The crowd was behind a railing and a thin red and white rope line that was tied between a wall and a bicycle at the end of the seating area.

The crowd applauded and cheered as the president approached wearing sunglasses.

"Oh my goodness," one woman screamed.

"What's up buddy?" said the president to the small boys on the far end of the line.

"Mr. President you're fantastic," a woman shouted.

"Hey sweetie, how are you?" the president said to another child.

The president wished many in the crowd a "Happy New Year" and at one point said, "I hope you guys have a great 2014."

President Obama gave the shaka sign as a goodbye.

He went over to the area where his daughters and their friends were waiting.  After a few minutes, the motorcade departed.

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