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President takes the family for shave ice, bowling on a rainy vacation day

By Staff and the Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:55 p.m. HST, Dec 27, 2010


President Barack Obama went bowling, played hoops and topped off a cloudy, drizzly vacation day with a short trek for shave ice treats.

The president's motorcade arrived at "Island Snow" in Kailua at about 4:15 p.m. Obama's entourage included more than a dozen adults and young kids, among them first daughters Sasha and Malia.

"Once you've ordered, go back!" Obama told the giddy group at the counter.

He picked up the tab left money in the tip jar.

"It's really good," Obama said after tasting his Melona, cherry and lemon-lime icy treat.

He then took group photos with the beaming young clerks, thanking them before leaving.

Earlier in the afteroon, the president, 12-year-old Malia and 9-year-old Sasha went bowling at the alley at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Obamas later were joined by family friends for some basketball, a sport the president prefers to bowling.

While Obama is a frequent golfer and basketball player, he hasn't proven himself to be an expert bowler. A 2008 campaign stop at a Pennsylvania bowling alley proved an embarrassment for Obama when he bowled a 37.

The president's party played basketball on a court at the Marine base that has become a sanctuary for the Obamas on their vacations here. The president golfs on the base course, the first couple uses its gym for morning workouts and the first family often visits a secluded beach there.

But Obamas haven't had much in the way of beach weather since the president arrived Thursday. Clouds hung over the island of Oahu and more rain is forecast throughout the week.

The weather has given the privacy-seeking president an excuse to avoid the spotlight during his vacation. Thus far, the president has limited his movements to time with his family at their rented oceanfront home and trips to the base.

Before going bowling, Obama and his wife worked out again this morning at the gym at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Their motocade left the house at about 8 a.m. and returned aftet 9:30 a.m.

Along the way, a family of four waved American flags as the motocade drove past.

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