President Barack Obama and his family have started their Christmas vacation. On Friday night, December 16, the first family boarded Marine One in chilly Washington, DC, for their annual holiday trip to warm Hawaii. The first family landed in Hawaii just before 11 p.m. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual vacation on Oahu where Obama was born. The family is scheduled to stay in Hawaii through the new year.

The Obamas have gone to Hawaii for Christmas every year since Obama has been in office.

This is the last time he will go as President of the United States. He started this tradition before he became president. It is likely to continue for many years to come even though the family could go to any destination in the world for a vacation.

While in Hawaii

The family was greeted by Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, Governor David Ige, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Friday night. Then the Obamas took a motorcade to their rented Kailua mansion where a temporary security zone had been set up by the United States Coast Guard.

It will be there until January 2, 2017.

It was no surprise that the president started his vacation with a round of golf with three of his aides and a longtime friend on the first day of his Christmas vacation. On Saturday, he spent four hours playing at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course inside the Marine Corps Base. During the remainder of their vacation, the Obamas are expected to hike, relax on the beach, enjoy fine dining, and eat plenty of "shave ice" as it is called in Hawaii instead of "shaved ice."

Working vacation

Even though the president is on vacation during the Christmas and New Year holidays, he will do some work-related things.

He will make a historic visit to the USS Arizona Memorial on December 27 with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to honor those who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbor attack.

When the Obamas return to the White House after the new year, they will have less than a month to stay there before moving out because Donald Trump and his family will move in on January 20 after he is sworn in. The Obamas will still live in Washington for the next two years until 15-year-old Sasha graduates high school.

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