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Kailua’s most famous visitors are extending their Hawaii vacation by a day. President Obama will stay until the evening of January 3. He arrived five days later than planned due to the extended Congressional session, although his wife and daughters came ahead as originally scheduled.
The president and his family are staying in a house at the end of Kailua beach located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, bordered by a canal, with the Koolau mountains behind. The only visible sign of their presence is the small white tents that provide shade to security personnel. From the street, traffic is stopped and refused unless authorized. A couple of military-looking boats float along the canal. On the beach, a two sticks in the sand mark the end of public access. People who live in the neighborhood show an identification card to pass. Others stay on the beach behind.
This morning, families, children and dogs played on the beach, taking casual note of the border sticks. No line of onlookers marred the scene. The president has kept a low profile: snorkeling at Hanauma Bay on Tuesday (when it is closed to the public anyway), making a quick stop for shave ice with his children, golfing. On at least one golf outing, he left the course briefly to shake hands with people waiting nearby. According to reports from the press pool who are staying in Waikiki on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, most of his time has been spent with his family and friends.
Locals seem happy to have the first family in residence but want to give them the opportunity to relax and enjoy their time in Hawaii. You, too, can enjoy the presidential view: