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Obama plays golf after family hike to Manoa Falls

The president, his wife and daughters spend an hour at the popular tourist trail

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:44 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

After signing several bills — including the federal budget and defense bill — President Barack Obama and the first family hiked the Manoa Falls trail Thursday.

Hikers who also came to the trail that leads to the popular 150-foot waterfall seemed surprised to see the first family arrive.

Security kept many of them from entering the trail as the president, first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters started their hike, which lasted about an hour. 

Husband and wife Paul and Kathy Besser of Sunnyvale, Calif., said they were excited at the prospect of hiking near the Obamas. Kathy Besser said she hoped the first family would see the kids in her group of 10 hikers.

Besser said she was OK with security restricting access to the trail because she thinks the Obamas deserve privacy on their vacation.

“The girls live in a fishbowl, and they should have some private moments,” she said.

Obama signed several bills in private, without reporters present, including the bipartisan budget deal easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military. The signings mark one of Obama’s last official acts in 2013.

The budget deal alleviates the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts on the Pentagon and domestic agencies. It reduces those cuts, known as the sequester, by about one-third, restoring about $63 billion over two years.

The comprehensive defense bill gives military personnel a 1 percent pay raise and also covers combat pay, ships, aircraft and bases.

The president woke up early for a morning workout at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe. After about an hour, he returned to his vacation home in Kailua.

As his motorcade passed by, people on the side of the road waved, and one jogger danced in joy.

Construction workers wearing white helmets and lime green shirts stopped their work to watch the line of about 11 vehicles, not including police escorts.

Obama also played golf at Kaneohe’s Koo­lau Golf Club, a difficult, private course with scenic views against a backdrop of lush, green mountains.

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HLOEWEN wrote:
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on December 27,2013 | 06:20AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Destroying America, one stroke at a time!!!
on December 27,2013 | 02:42PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
We don't negotiate with Terrorist. Reagan,Carter,Clinton,Bush did not negotiate. And you want Obama to do it? Lol. Funny.
on December 27,2013 | 04:21PM
scooters wrote:
wasting American tax payers money. Stay in DC next year!
on December 27,2013 | 06:50AM
neighborhoodmole wrote:
Do you get any paid vacation from your job? If so, your employer is wasting company money.
on December 27,2013 | 07:09AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope looks like he's still working with the signing of these bills....
on December 27,2013 | 08:01AM
bluhawaii74 wrote:
Yes. I get a paid vacation, but it doesn't include airfare for entire family, hotel, transportation, food and entertainment. Tighten up your posts, Obamabot.
on December 27,2013 | 08:38AM
StifelHNL wrote:
I think the leader of the free world should have some perks...
on December 27,2013 | 09:17AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Title - does not mean EN-titled. Oh my bad, unless your Barry da Supreme!
on December 27,2013 | 10:56AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Where were these trolls when Bush was running this coutry into Depression? And when he was taking the most vacation time off then any other president in the history of USA. Ten vacation trips to Texas each year, is equal to 3 Hawaii trips.
on December 27,2013 | 03:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Lol, he's the leader of the Greatest nation. Your a, salesperson? Should he be denied all things that the previous presidents enjoyed? Because he looks different from all of them? Oh, they screamed. He's not worthy.
on December 27,2013 | 03:22PM
juscasting wrote:
If I arrived at my favorite fishing spot and was told by a bunch of Malahinis I couldn't go fishing cause POTUS and his familia was there I would be very pi..d...off.
on December 27,2013 | 10:13AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Exacta-mundo juscasting!
on December 27,2013 | 10:57AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You fish off Kailua sandy dead beach? Yeah,right.
on December 27,2013 | 03:26PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Only a malihini, who just moved here, would say ..."Malahihis".
on December 27,2013 | 06:33PM
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