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Obamas and friends dine in Waikiki on eve of departure

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:57 p.m. HST, Jan 02, 2012

President Barack Obama and his wife and friends dined at Nobu's Waikiki tonight on the eve of the first family's departure.

The presidential motorcade left Obama's vacation rental in Kailua at 7:22 p.m. and arrived at the restaurant at 7:55, according to a White House pool report. 

Earlier, Obama spent New Year’s Day remembering his family’s history.

In the late morning, Obama took his wife and daughters to visit the grave of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The Obamas then headed to the East-West Center, which is featuring a display on the anthropological work of the president’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The exhibition includes photographs taken during Dunham’s years of field research in Indonesia, as well as her personal art and artifact collection. 

Joining them was Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her family. Soetoro-Ng is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Teacher Education.

Later the Obamas went to the beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

The president began the first day of the year with a morning workout at the Marine base in Kaneohe.

They are scheduled to leave Honolulu Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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frontman wrote:
BS........................this is not true............Obama was born and mostly raised in Honolulu, though he spent a few years as a boy living in Indonesia with his mother.......It was the other way around with obama spending more time in muslim countrys than he did in Hawaii.
on January 1,2012 | 01:03PM
MizuInOz wrote:
@frontman: I am personally looking forward to Obama's class reunion with all of his Oahu school chums and hearing from all of his constitutional law students that he taught... Talk about "spin" - all of this would make an Olympic figure skater dizzy! The lesson learned: there is a difference between promises made and promises kept. Here is hoping we will see real change in 2012.
on January 1,2012 | 01:28PM
kuewa wrote:
And how many of Bush's or Clinton's "school chums" are you aware of ? And which promises and changes are you referring to? The ones that were blocked by the TP Repubs?
on January 1,2012 | 01:42PM
PaloloValley wrote:
on January 1,2012 | 04:42PM
naomiow9 wrote:
He spent about 5 years in Indonesia & 13 years in Hawai`i. Last time I checked, 13 > 5.
on January 1,2012 | 01:44PM
aiea7 wrote:
frontman - if you BS is true, please cite dates and where Mr. Obama was raised. it is easy to make ludicrous accusations. put your money where your mouth is.
on January 1,2012 | 01:46PM
Wazdat wrote:
Oh brah bitter or what? Be happy :)
on January 1,2012 | 02:13PM
motoxdad wrote:
frontman, please keep whatever little brains you have left in your head, nobody wants you to waste it here.
on January 1,2012 | 02:14PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on January 1,2012 | 03:23PM
RKC808 wrote:
OMG There's another village missing one it's members again. We should start posting FOUND signs for some of these characters. Come , get over it already.
on January 1,2012 | 07:13PM
mahoe wrote:
ATTN: Photo editor please check your date on accompanying photo; It should be January 1, 2012.
on January 1,2012 | 01:26PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on January 1,2012 | 03:18PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Here comes the Propaganda.

There is NO record that Obama grew up in the islands. However I know that Weldon Kekauoha was born and raised in Hawai'i. I went to school with him. He is a Native Son. NOT Obama the Hawaiian Wanna Be. "No hea mai 'oe?" Rings True..

Obama needs to go HOME to Chicago where he BELONGS. WE DO NOT WANT HIM HERE.

on January 1,2012 | 03:20PM
control wrote:
Last I heard the so-called natives are transplants too. The only difference being a few hundred years. And since when has Obama ever claimed to be Hawaiian? There is a reason why serious minded people don't take the conspiracy nut cases seriously.
on January 1,2012 | 05:43PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

There is evidence called the Kumulipo which traces the movement of Hawai'i's indigenous people. What I am referring to since it is clear that you write with ignorance is President Obama's propensity for misappropriating "I am Hawai'i" to show the world that people from Hawai'i are selfish and lack compassion for the record high 41.5 million Americans who are now on welfare.

In other words before commenting KNOW what is being discussed first. Thanks.

on January 1,2012 | 06:01PM
8027382458 wrote:
on January 2,2012 | 02:02PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
too much salt in those wounds.
on January 1,2012 | 06:09PM
frontman wrote:
Amen...........It doesn't matter if all three birth certificates (most people only have one) say he was born in Hawaii, that doesn't make it fact. Why doesn't he release his school records, that would prove a lot Chicago is his home and if he were an honest man he would admit it.
on January 1,2012 | 06:18PM
IAmSane wrote:
Why do you always bold your posts instead of just posting like a normal person? Is what you're saying more important than what everyone else has to say? Very obnoxious.
on January 1,2012 | 08:46PM
entrkn wrote:
Maybe all the family memoribilia will be included in the OBAMA LIBRARY in Honolulu.
on January 1,2012 | 04:05PM
clydek wrote:
I am so glad that took this day to honor your family that went before you. It's very important that your two children know your "roots." I hope you enjoyed your much too brief time in Hawaii. Here is wishing you and your family all the very best for 2012! Come home again next year. Aloha and have a safe journey back to the national capitol region.
on January 1,2012 | 05:30PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
i was in indonesia too does that make me less of an american?
on January 1,2012 | 06:08PM
Changalang wrote:
We remember one of Hawaii's favorite sons, and am proud of thePresident bringing the Aloha Spirit to the Whitehouse and making history.
on January 1,2012 | 07:15PM
Venus1 wrote:
I am so proud of President Obama!!!! Amazing man! Awesome family!! The best in my life time!! Have seen many!!
on January 1,2012 | 08:00PM
Ronin006 wrote:
How many regular guests did the Obamas bump to dine at Nobu's Waikiki? I do not think it was as many as the Obamas bumped when they visited the Arizona Memorial on Thursday, but I am sure those that were denied the opportunity to dine at Nobu's were very happy they were replaced by the Obamas.
on January 1,2012 | 08:22PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
It gave me the best excuse in the world....."sorry honey, I wanted to take you to Nobu's tonight but the President and his entourage are there and we can't get in". I just saved a fortune. Thanks Mr President!
on January 1,2012 | 08:46PM
kona1069 wrote:
Obama 2012!! Yes We Can Again!!
on January 2,2012 | 04:10AM
lee1957 wrote:
Can what?
on January 2,2012 | 07:27AM
frontman wrote:
The best part of this story is that they are scheduled to leave Hawaii TODAY......Yahoooooooooo
on January 2,2012 | 05:50AM
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