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First family goes for post-Christmas hike

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:08 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

President Obama and the first family took a walk on the popular Manoa Falls Trail Thursday morning. Following the hike, the family split up with the president opting for another afternoon round of golf.

The president spent about 6 hours at the tough Ko'olau Golf Club. The president golfed with Hawaii friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, aide and frequent golf partner Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Chicago friend Dr. Eric Whitaker.

The Obama family arrived at the Manoa Falls trail head at the back of Manoa Valley just after 11 a.m. The president, his wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, spent about an hour on the trail.

Reporters traveling with the president said it began to rain shortly after the first family arrived.

Security kept many hikers from entering the trail as the family started their hike.

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.

Hiking is another Obama vacation tradition.

Last year, the president and daughters Sasha and Malia hiked the Maunawili Trail on Dec. 23 and in 2011, they went to see the Lanikai Pillboxes above Kailua Beach on the day after Christmas.

The president started off his day with his usual morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, arriving just before 8 a.m. and leaving about an hour later.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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laachang wrote:
Wow!!! The Star Advertiser finally got the name of President Obama's second daughter correct!!!! The other day they were referring to her as "Natasha" instead of her correct name--Sasha. That is so embarrassing. I've said it before and I'll say it again--SA sucks.
on December 26,2013 | 12:09PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Sasha is short for Natasha. Whom did you say sucks?
on December 26,2013 | 12:41PM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Hee, hee, hee, Ho, Ho, Ho oh hardy, har, har, good catch ellinaskyrt.
on December 26,2013 | 01:17PM
jayz43 wrote:
Now I know why “StarAdvertiser Staff” is used as a byline on many articles. I notice a ridiculous amount of grammatical, usage and spelling errors on those.
on December 27,2013 | 01:34AM
richierich wrote:
It is unfortunate that they saw fit to prevent others from hiking the trail while the Obama's hiked it.
on December 26,2013 | 02:45PM
Venus1 wrote:
O K Scrooge !!! What else??
on December 26,2013 | 03:10PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Venus1, aka Obama Brown-noser.
on December 26,2013 | 04:54PM
HanabataDays wrote:
on December 27,2013 | 02:38AM
Calabash wrote:
I wish Obama would buy a house like every other recent President and "go home" for vacation instead of jamming up the freeways and limiting access to public venues for normal everyday people on this tiny island. Iʻd like to see an SA investigative report on the cost of his presidential Hawaii vacations and how many times his whole family spent Christmas in Hawaii when they had to pay for it themselves.
on December 26,2013 | 03:11PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
I'm sure Faux News is all over that; you can continue watching over there.
on December 26,2013 | 03:31PM
SteveToo wrote:
Quite a few MILLION that's for sure. Should have gone to Camp David and saved a lot of money.
on December 26,2013 | 04:02PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Camp David this time of year, you freeze your alas. Obama's a Hawai`i boy, he enjoys the beach and the mountains, an' wot?
on December 27,2013 | 02:39AM
scooters wrote:
Maybe a long walk off a short pier would be better.
on December 26,2013 | 03:32PM
Mythman wrote:
How awesome, the president of the united states of america hikes manoa trail. amazing.
on December 26,2013 | 04:12PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Amazing. Amazing that he didn't have to be carried on high at the shoulders of 4 presidential bearers (a la Lady Gaga), all to the tunes of "Pomp and Circumstance" and "Hail to the Chief". Aye, simply amazing, eh?
on December 26,2013 | 05:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Otherwise the pig hunters will may a mistake a shoot at them.
on December 26,2013 | 11:02PM
soundofreason wrote:
He also puts his pants on one leg at a time. Astonishing.
on December 26,2013 | 06:00PM
pursuit2000 wrote:
Wow! such hard hitting journalism!! Let me know when he goes to the bathroom....
on December 26,2013 | 07:06PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
At least five times a day, all private affairs, and that's for 99% of us, if we'd been properly potty trained.
on December 26,2013 | 10:59PM
alohabrina wrote:
I agree with Calabash, How many of Michelle's relatives also came to Hawaii at the taxpayer expense. Except for snow cones our first family could do all the same things near Washington.D.C. I guess B O has to see his golf buddies every year. I heard the people in Kailua that live near where they vacation are fed up with not being able to use the beach. What about the servicemen who are gonna have their pay reduced.
on December 26,2013 | 08:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Take that up with the Do Nothing Congress.
on December 26,2013 | 09:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Can't we just lost Inouye.
on December 26,2013 | 10:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
After all these vacations in Hawaii, to make sure that we know that he exists, BHO had better locate his Presidential Library on Oahu College (Punahou Schools) otherwise, we'd be upset. Hussein, if u select Chicago for your Presidential Library then we know u just been smiling at us and winking, and in the back of your pocket, u r back stabbing us, to coalesce to Michelle Robinson. By the way, why did u not show up for the Hawaii Oregon State basketball game? That's two Craig lost in Hawaii, and we all know what that means. Sasha and Malia will not listen to u when u say they MUST go to Harvard.
on December 26,2013 | 10:56PM
pursuit2000 wrote:
If you think the Presidential library will be here you're delusional.... It will be in Chicago, but the minions here in the 808 will cling to the 'local boy' image forever...
on December 27,2013 | 12:17AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. At least you gotta give him props for athleticism and flexibility if he's stabbing you in the back with his hands in his back pockets.
on December 27,2013 | 02:42AM
jayz43 wrote:
"comment has been sent for approval". Criticism is a terrible thing to waste.
on December 27,2013 | 01:41AM
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