Posted by: LZ | November 4, 2008

Obama Vacation in Hawaii


Obama walking with daughters on Kailua Beach on vacation in Hawaii

Obama walking with daughters on Kailua Beach on vacation in Hawaii

 In August 2008, Sen. Barack Obama, wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha spent a week on vacation in Hawaii. They stayed at a private residence in Kailua, located on the windward side of Oahu. They spent a relaxing week doing pretty much what “regular” folks do when they come to visit.  Those of us who live here followed their daily activities in the newspaper and on the local TV stations.   Here is a summary of what they did while they were here:

Friday 8/8/08
– Arrived Honolulu International Airport
– Attended Welcome Rally at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park
– Visited Grandmother Madelyn Dunham (Toots) on the 10th floor of Punahou Circle Apartments
– Unpacked and settled into the rented beach house in Kailua

Saturday 8/9/08
– Obama took an early morning jog on Kailua Beach (around 6:30AM)
– Obama played 18 holes of golf at Olomana Golf Links
– Visited Grandmother at her apartment
– Dinner at Alan Wong’s Restaurant in Honolulu

Sunday 8/10/08
– Worked out at 24-Hr Fitness in Kaneohe
– Took Malia and Sasha to see the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
– Stopped off at Aloha Tropical Farms – macadamia nut farm outlet store
– BBQ at Punahou high school buddy, Bobby Titcomb’s house on the North Shore

Monday 8/11/08
– Visited Grandmother at her apartment
– Watched the new Batman movie (Dark Knight) at Ward Complex
– Dinner at Mariposa restaurant, located in Niemen Marcus at Ala Moana Centre

Tuesday 8/12/08
– Obama played a pickup game of basketball at his old high school Punahou
– Stopped by Kua ‘Aina Sandwich Shop at Ward Center for burgers and fries to go
– Picnic with the kids at Magic Island (Ala Moana Beach Park)
– Stopped by his Grandmother’s apartment
– Raised $1.3 million at sold-out fundraiser at Kahala Hotel & Resort

Wednesday 8/13/08
– Played a round of golf in Kailua at Luana Hills Country Club
– Visited his maternal grandfather’s (Stanley Dunham) gravesite at Punchbowl Cemetery
– Stopped off to admire the view at the Pali Lookout
– Took daughters Malia and Sasha and their friends to Island Snow in Kailua for some shave ice.

Thursday 8/14/08
– Went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.
– Obama left his daughters at Hanauma Bay with friends and went to Halona Blowhole to pay his respects to his mother, whose ashes he scattered there several years ago. He was joined by his Punahou friends Greg Orme and Bobby Titcomb.
– Obama went body surfing at Sandy Beach catching five waves in 30 minutes. He then went back to Hanauma Bay and then returned to his rental house in Kailua.
– Obama and family went to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

For those of you who love maps, you might enjoy seeing all of the above activities posted on an interactive map I created in Google Maps.  Click here to see the Obama Vacation in Hawaii map.   For more photos of their rental house and vacation stops along with some videos, visit my Obama Hawaii Vacation page on


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