President Barack Obama began the second day of his annual Hawaii holiday vacation Sunday with a wet midmorning walk at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden on Oahu’s Windward side.
The president and first lady were joined by friends for the nature walk in Kaneohe on a rainy, overcast day. At times the rain turned into a downpour, according to White House pool reports.
The president’s motorcade left his family’s Kailua beachfront rental home at 9:40 a.m. and arrived at the garden at 10 a.m.
The city park is at the base of the Koolau Mountains and comprises 400 lush acres. The name “Ho‘omaluhia” means “a peaceful refuge” in Hawaiian.
The garden was established in 1982 and designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers. In recent years it has been infested with feral pigs.
Obama left the garden at 10:53 a.m. for an uneventful ride back to Kailua.
The weather was expected to improve today.
Tradewinds were due back and should continue for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service said. But clouds and passing showers will tend to favor mauka and windward locations like Kailua, the weather service said.
Star-Advertiser staff contributed to this report.