The Latest: Obamas leave Hawaii for Washington
Jan. 03, 2016
HONOLULU (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama's annual two-week vacation in Hawaii (all times local):
President Barack Obama and his family have left Hawaii and are headed back to the White House in Washington, D.C., after spending their annual two-week vacation in the Aloha State. Air Force One departed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the Honolulu area.
The president and first lady, who donned a purple dress, boarded Air Force One together.
After enjoying a steakhouse dinner, the first family is scheduled to depart Hawaii around 10 p.m. from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and head back to Washington, D.C.
The first family is having dinner at Buzz's Lanikai steakhouse in Kailua on the last night of their annual holiday vacation. The family's visit to the restaurant is something of a family tradition. The Obamas usually dine there before they leave Hawaii.
President Barack Obama and his family have returned to their rented vacation home in Kailua after visiting the Honolulu Zoo.
President Barack Obama and his family spent about an hour visiting the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki on the last day of their vacation in Hawaii.
Obama took his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, his nieces, Suhaila and Savita, along with his own two daughters, Malia and Sasha, on the outing.
Obama was wearing a dark blue sports shirt and jeans. He and his family members were smiling and clearly enjoying a day at the zoo on a sunny afternoon.
For a time, Obama also walked hand in hand with his eldest daughter Malia, who'll be graduating from high school soon and heading off to college.
As he acknowledged the press, Obama said, "Hey guys, sorry we got to go home."
The Obama family took in several exhibits including the elephant and primate exhibits featuring Ringtail Lemurs and Howler Monkeys.
The motorcade departed the zoo around 5:32 p.m.
On the last day of their vacation, President Barack Obama and his daughters visited his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, in Honolulu.
Obama later took Soetoro-Ng, his two nieces and his daughters to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was laid to rest there. They spent about 12 minutes at the cemetery.
The president and the same group of family members also spent about 20 minutes visiting the East-West Center. The motorcade departed just after 4 p.m. On the way, the president passed through the neighborhood where he grew up in and also drove by his high school, Punahou School.
President Barack Obama's motorcade departed the beach at Bellows Air Force Station at 11:44 a.m. The Obama family spent about an hour and a half at the beach on the last day of their Hawaii vacation.
Major Dawn Standridge, the commander of Bellows Air Force Station, said the president's family visited the beach five times during the vacation. Obama came three times, and other family members visited twice on their own.
President Barack Obama and his family are starting off their last day of vacation at the beach at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanolo, on the island of Oahu. Skies are a bit cloudy with some sun peeking through, and temperatures are in the 70s.
The family has come here several times during their annual visits. A motorcade left the Obama's Kailua vacation rental at 9:24 a.m. and arrived at the beach around 9:54 a.m.
It's the 15th day of the Obamas' holiday stay in the Aloha State. They are scheduled to depart Hawaii Saturday night from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and head back to Washington D.C.