- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - The latest on President Barack Obama’s annual two-week vacation in Hawaii (all times local):

12:05 a.m.

President Barack Obama and his family have returned to their vacation home after spending Christmas Eve at a restaurant with friends in Honolulu.

The Obamas came back to the home in Kailua, on the east side of Oahu, where they have been staying over the holidays. ___

9:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama is celebrating Christmas Eve by taking his family and friends out for dinner at MW Restaurant in Honolulu.

On the way there, the president’s motorcade passed by Honolulu’s City Hall known as Honolulu Hale and took in its festive Christmas display called “Honolulu City Lights.”

The restaurant offers Hawaiian fare made from local ingredients. One of its dinner entrees is pa roasted opah-moonfish, and its desserts include kula strawberry “shave ice.”

Each year Obama returns to Oahu, the island of his birth, to spend time with family and friends over the holidays.

Obama is now halfway through his annual two-week vacation.


8:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, arrived at the MW restaurant in Honolulu to dine with friends.

The restaurant offers Hawaiian fare and cocktails made from local ingredients. One of its dinner entrees is pa roasted opah-moonfish, and its desserts include kula strawberry “shave ice.”


7:30 p.m.

Michelle Obama continued her Christmas eve tradition of helping the North American Aerospace Defense Command pinpoint Santa’s location for curious youngsters.

The first lady took 16 calls Thursday from kids all over the world. And during the nearly 40 minutes that she was on the line, she tracked Santa Claus and his reindeer speeding through 10 countries in North Africa and Europe, including Libya, Malta, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Germany, Poland and Sweden.

He had already delivered 3 billion gifts by the time Mrs. Obama answered her first call.

The disclosure prompted a caller the White House identified as 8-year-old Kaly to say, “I don’t know how his sleigh can hold that many.”


2:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, are spending the afternoon with friends at the beach at Bellows Air Force Station.

“We’re proud to be the First Family’s beach of choice,” says Major Dawn Standridge, who’s the commander of Bellows Air Force Station, which is part of the Waimanalo coastline. Despite overcast skies and some showers, the scenic beach is stunning, known for its turquoise water, soft powdery sand and graceful ironwood trees.

“We’re happy when the president and his family come here to visit and relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Washington,” says Hano Lono, a recreation assistant at Bellows Air Force Station.


12 p.m.

President Barack Obama is spending the midday hiking with his daughters, Malia and Sasha, and family friends. Obama’s motorcade left his Kailua vacation home and made its way over the Koolau mountain range as a waterfall cascaded down the ridge.

The Obamas chose to go on a hike on the Judd Memorial Trail in the lush green Nuuanu Valley near Honolulu. About fifteen minutes into their hike, it began to rain, but cleared up shortly afterward.


10 a.m.

On Christmas Eve, President Barack Obama started the morning off by working out at the gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on the island of Oahu.

Just before he left the Kailua rental home where he’s been staying with his family over the holidays, a rainbow appeared over the neighborhood.

As Obama’s motorcade left the Marine base, it passed by a large Christmas tree that’s decorated each year to celebrate the holiday season. The sun is shining over the Windward side of the island, where temperatures are in the 70s.

Obama is now back at his vacation home.

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