Rumor has it, President Obama is planning to return to Hawaii this year for one last Christmas vacation while he is still in office. Not a surprise considering it's a tradition for his family that
began before he became president and will probably continue long after.
Over the past eight years, in a playful parody of the "openness and transparency of the Obama White House", this website has invited the American People to follow along on the President's annual Christmas Hawaii vacation. Just a bunch of ridiculous photoshops and some inside jokes. No harm, no foul.
At least that's what we believed. Except that looking back now, we do recall there were some not-very-nice posts on Facebook and on conservative blogs linking to this page as if it were factual. But we ignored those because there were other links from people who did seem to appreciate the intended humor of this website.
This year feels different. The fake news problem has taken the fun out of parody. So please don't link to this web page because it is fake. It's not The White House. And this year, we won't be "following along on the President's vacation". We're pau. Auwe.
After arriving in Honolulu, President Obama hopped into his motorcade and headed over the Ko'olau Mountains toward the Windward side of Oahu to his vacation home in Kailua. Follow along as the President hit the beach, dined at local restaurants and played a little golf over the holiday season.
In the spirit of openness and transparency, the President's Hawaii vacation was live-tweeted. You are invited to follow along on Twitter.
Click on the blue markers to see pictures and highlights from President Obama's Hawaii vacation trips
- Morning workout at Semper Fit
- Golf at the Kaneohe Klipper
- Golf at the Mid-Pacific Country Club
- Dinner at Alan Wong's Restaurant
- Dinner at Nobu Waikiki
- Dinner at Morimoto Waikiki
- Visit Punchbowl Cemetery
- Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
- Visit troops at Anderson Hall MCBH
- New Year's Eve: Talent show at home
- Bowling at K-Bay Lanes at MCBH
- Basketball at MCBH
- BBQ on the North Shore
- Swimming at Bellows Beach
- Shave Ice at Island Snow in Kailua
- Hike a local trail
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