The president and his family have spent every holiday season on Oahu since he’s been in office. Here are some scenes from over the years.
It usually begins after a night flight across the mainland and then the Pacific. President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha exit Air Force One with first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia upon arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam six days before Christmas 2014.
Members of the local media on hand for presidential arrivals and/or departures sometimes shoot selfies during their down time. KHON reporter Sarah Yoro captures herself with Air Force One in the background on Dec. 19, 2014.
Morning workouts in Kaneohe at Marine Corps Base Hawaii are part of the president’s routine. After a visit in December 2013, his motorcade cruises back toward his vacation rental in Kailua.
The president is a creature of habit during his Oahu visits, working out and golfing almost daily and occasionally going to the beach at Bellows Air Force Station or joining the first lady for dinner in Honolulu. One regular stop is at Island Snow in Kailua. Here he enjoys shave ice in 2010.
The president hits a chip shot in 2013. At left is his most frequent Hawaii golf partner, fellow Punahoe School graduate Bobby Titcomb.
The president loses his hat after a shot at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua in December 2015.
Mid Pacific Country Club is one of the few golf courses Obama frequents on Oahu where the public can catch a glimpse of the president. A Secret Service agent scans a woman near the presidential motorcade in December 2015.
When the president responds to their shouts, onlookers surge ahead of the assembled media to get their own images outside Mid Pacific Country Club in December 2015.
The president loses a few kernels of popcorn as he watches a basketball game in December 2013 at the Stan Sheriff Center with his family, from left, Malia, Sasha and Michelle. They’re watching the team from Oregon State, then coached by the first lady’s brother, Craig Robinson.
One of the few official duties for the president during his Hawaiian vacations has been to pay Christmas Day visits to service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president is joined by the first lady as he addresses the troops in 2014.
A traveling press pool member photographs Obama’s armored car at Marine Corps Base Hawaii while awaiting his return on Christmas Day 2014.
Press pool members play an all-too-familiar waiting game in December 2015. They pile into a shuttle van and follow the president wherever he goes, although the van usually pulls over short of the destination and pool members often go whole days without glimpsing Obama.
Each vacation ends with a motorcade drive back to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The president greets well-wishers at the base Jan. 3, 2015.
The president and first lady head for Air Force One and the long flight back to Washington, D.C., in January 2015.
The Hawaii native and his wife flash shakas as another vacation comes to an end. A similar scene will unfold for the final time in a few days.
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