President Barack Obama and his family started New Year’s Day with a morning trip to the East-West Center, a short visit to Punchbowl and another day at Bellows Beach.
The president met with Richard R. Vuylsteke, the incoming president of the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The East-West Center provides grants and scholarships to students and fellows from around the world. Obama has made several trips to the center during his time as president. His mother, Ann Dunham, studied there while working toward a doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii.
Obama and Vuylsteke were joined by the president’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, as well as his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, a UH faculty member.
The president and his daughters then went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl where his grandfather, Stanley Dunham is buried.
They followed the visit with a trip to Bellow Beach where they spent several hours for the second time in a week.
The Obamas are spending their last winter vacation as first family on Oahu. They have made the two-week trip an annual tradition. The family returns to Washington D.C. tonight.