President Obama and Family set for vacation in Hawaii

Published On: Dec 19 2013 11:43:49 PM HST
Kailua, OAHU -

President Obama and his family will be in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. The first family will be staying in their usual private location in Kailua away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but the buzz is already in the air.

"It's not very often you get to hang out with the President of the United States and the family," said Bob Barr, a Kailua resident.

The president will arrive for his sixth vacation to the islands in as many years as our nations leader. Some residents have already been lucky enough to see the president out and about.

"He comes to the gymnasium every day, and three years ago my family and I were staying in the beach cottages and they shut the beach down so my family and his family got to stay there," said Barr.

For other residents, this visit will be their first chance to get a glimpse of the first family.

"What an awesome opportunity for us here and it's great that he's supporting local vendors and he keeps it local as much as he can you know," said Megan Lorenzo, a Kailua resident.

You can expect to see the president warming up on the links, or cooling down at his favorite shaved ice location.

"He shook all of our hands and told us all happy new year," said Taylor Souza, who works at Island Snow.

Employees at Island Snow in Kailua say their ready for the first families arrival.

"The hype is pretty crazy, they're all outside screaming and clapping for him and then after that everyone comes in here and tries to get his flavors. He gets cherry, lemon lime and melona," said Souza.

While a few are bothered by some inconveniences the president's entourage brings, most people who spoke with KITV4 say otherwise.

"I can't see it, I'm really happy that he's here, I'm proud to be a resident of this community, and we should open our arms to him, said Barr.

President Obama and his family are expected to stay in Hawaii for a 17 days.

Security measures are underway for the presidents arrival. Starting Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce a temporary security zone in Kailua Bay.

It runs from Kapoho Point, extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop, including the canal near Kapoho Point. The zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. on January 5.


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