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Obamas end Oahu visit with more shave ice, visits to Punchbowl, zoo

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:22 p.m. HST, Jan 3, 2011

President Barack Obama made the most of his last day of vacation starting with a morning workout, a beach outing with family and friends, another trip to Island Snow for shave ice, and late-afternoon visits to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and the Honolulu Zoo with his daughters.

The president also visited Punchbowl and the zoo a year ago today on his last day of vacation.

Obama's grandfather Stanley Dunham, who served with Gen. George Patton's 7th Army during World War II, is interred at Punchbowl.

After staying at Punchbowl for about 15 minutes, the president's motorcade left at about 5:09 p.m., during rush hour, and headed to Waikiki where he and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the zoo.

The zoo outing was followed by a two-hour dinner at Lucy's Grill 'n Bar in Kailua, a restaurant where the president and his family dined last year.

As the president left the restaurant, cheers went up from onlookers, standing behind yellow caution tape, who had gathered hoping for a glimpse of  the president.

The president's motorcade then headed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam where Air Force One was waiting to take him back to Washington, D.C.

The first family and dog Bo flew out on Air Force One from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at about 9:47 p.m.

On hand at the president's departure were Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces, and Col. Sam Barrett, commander of the 15th Wing.


Earlier today, the president and his party spent about two hours at Pyramid Rock Beach on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The beach remained open to base residents, except for a portion closed off for the first family and friends. Reporters and photographers traveling with the president were kept away.

At about 2:20 p.m. — for the second time this visit — the president treated his friends and family to shave ice at Island Snow in Kailua.

The president bought shave ice for about a dozen people including first lady Michelle Obama, White House chef Sam Kess and friends Marty Nesbitt and his wife Anita Blanchard.

The president paid with a $100 bill and shook hands with people who gathered behind a yellow caution tape.

The president, wearing sunglasses, a white polo shirt, black shorts, slippers and a White Sox baseball cap, was clearly in charge of ordering, according to a pool report.

Malia Obama ordered a rainbow. Sasha Obama ordered a combination that was green and red. It wasn't clear what the president ordered. But it appeared to be a rainbow or something similar to his last shave ice on Dec. 28 of Melona, cherry and lemon lime.

The president's motorcade was greeted by protesters on his way back to his vacation rental. One of the signs read, "Justice for Hawaii."

Earlier in the day, protesters held signs saying "End Occupation of Afghanistan," and "Free Palestine" as the motorcade took the president to his morning workout. Another sign, posted in the ground, said, "Aloha Obama Ohana."


The White House press pool contributed to this report.


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