President Obama understands that some Americans are still sore over the NSA domestic spying revelations and their loss of privacy.
Which is why this year, he is willing to give up a little of his own privacy in order to share his Hawaii Christmas vacation activities with the American people.
This year's White House holiday theme is "Gather Around". So be prepared to crank up your heaters, play some Hawaiian music, and enjoy online "The 2013 Obama Hawaii Vacation".
President Obama checks out the new Hawaiian-themed golf bag he ordered for his
vacation this year.
The White House welcomes the return of the traditional Hawaiian Shaka Santa and
Tutu Mele along with the White House Christmas tree.
Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele sit atop the north entrance to the West Wing of the White
House. Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka Mr. President!
President Obama decided to go with a tropical theme for this year's Oval Office
seasonal decorations. Hawaii no ka 'oi!
Even Bo is starting to get into the holiday spirit
The President invited Speaker Boehner for Mai Tais at the White House Mess to secure his
cooperation in preventing any year-end budget issues that could delay his departure date.
Last year, the fresh Hawaiian orchid leis distributed at a press briefing were a real hit with the reporters.
The President is reviewing all options and is considering giving out plumeria leis instead this year.
Be sure to return here for updates as the departure date approaches
The President's 2013 Hawaii vacation officially begins the moment he steps onboard Air Force One. He immediately heads back to his personal office, sheds his "President's clothes" and gets into
the Aloha Spirit. On his flight to Hawaii, he often likes to snack on his favorite Hawaiian sweet potato and taro chips while sipping a mai tai.
Due to an unfortunate "chewing incident" last year involving First Dog Bo and the addition of a second family dog Sunny, the search for a suitable vacation rental home has become quite challenging.
To combat this problem, President Obama issued an Executive Order in November declaring that any pet-related damage would be covered by the "full faith and credit
guaranty" of the United States Government.
Luckily, the President was able to secure the same house as last year in his favorite Kailua beach neighborhood. An exact replica of the official White House fence will once again be flown out in advance to provide both security and privacy for President Obama and his family.
Like most Americans, President Obama is a creature of habit. After an incredibly tumultuous year, the President plans to relax this trip and visit some of his favorite places. See if you can find them on the map below by clicking on the blue markers!
- Daily morning workout at the Semper Fit Center at MCBH
- Golf at the Kaneohe Klipper golf course
- Golf at the Ko'olau Golf Club
- Dinner at Alan Wong's Restaurant
- Dinner at Nobu Waikiki
- Dinner at Morimoto Waikiki
- Visit Punchbowl Cemetery
- Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay on Tuesday when it's closed
- Christmas Day: Visit service members at Anderson Hall
- New Year's Eve: Traditional talent show at home
- Bowling at K-Bay Lanes at MCBH
- Basketball at MCBH
- Swim at Pyramid Rock Beach
- Shave Ice at Island Snow in Kailua
- Hike the Maunawili trail
Here's a complete history of the Obama Hawaii Vacations since 2008.