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Obamas and friends dine in Waikiki on eve of departure

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:57 p.m. HST, Jan 2, 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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