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“He brings a lot of energy to Kailua,” she said. “There’s a buzz that translates into more curiosity-seekers, and that translates into more foot traffic. … It’s kind of like my own little [economic] stimulus.”

A Kailua business that has been a regular stop for Mr. Obama and his daughters the past three years is Island Snow, a beachwear store that is most famous for its shaved ice - a version of what mainlanders know as snow cones.

“That was the first time I’ve ever met anyone that important in my life,” said a still-beaming Cheyne Vincent, 20, an Island Snow supervisor who snagged a picture with the president at the shop last year.

Mr. Vincent said he hopes Mr. Obama again shows up with his two daughters, several friends and the small army of Secret Service, local police and media that tied up the block for 90 minutes last year.

“He was really cool, really nice, really humble,” Mr. Vincent added.

c AP writer Mark Niesse contributed to this report.