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Obamas, and first dogs, on their way to Hawaii for annual vacation

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, walk from Marine One to board Air Force One, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, walk from Marine One to board Air Force One, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSA Santa figurine placed by a staff member on the tarmac, sits in front of Air Force One before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia board Marine One to board Air Force One tonight in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation.
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    A Santa figurine placed by a staff member on the tarmac, sits in front of Air Force One before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia board Marine One to board Air Force One tonight in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Barack Obama walks with daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, toward Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn at White House in Washington tonight as he begins his holiday vacation in Hawaii.
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    President Barack Obama walks with daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, toward Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn at White House in Washington tonight as he begins his holiday vacation in Hawaii.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One tonight at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation.
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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One tonight at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Hawaii for their annual family vacation.

President Barack Obama and his family are on their way to Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation.

Reporters traveling with the president said Air Force One took off at 7:03 p.m. (2:03 p.m. Hawaii time) from Andrews Air Force Base to Honolulu.

The president’s schedule calls for him to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam just after midnight tonight.

Obama left the White House  with his wife, daughters and mother-in-law Marian Robinson to board Marine One for the helicopter flight to Andrews Air Force Base at about 6:45 p.m. Washington time.

First dogs Bo and Sunny are also coming with the family, according to White House reporters.

The president doesn’t have any public events scheduled during his time back in the islands.

He will stay in the same Kailua neighborhood where he has spent the year-end holidays since he was president elect.

In previous years, the president has played golf, visited Hanauma Bay, gone out to dinner with friends and ventured into Kailua town for shave ice.

The president may also watch Oregon State play at the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. His brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the coach at Oregon State.

Obama was born in Honolulu. The Punahou School graduate spent most of his childhood on Oahu until he left for the mainland to attend college.

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The Associated Press and White House pool reports contributed to this story.

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