12/4/09 Update – Obama Will Return to Kailua for 2009 Hawaii Christmas Vacation
I had some time to kill during my son’s tennis lesson the other day and decided to take a stroll down Kailua Beach. I saw the Obama girls and a friend running around the backyard of the rental house that backs up to the beach. I had my camera with me, but didn’t take a picture. I think the kids should have their privacy. However, had it been Barack and Michelle tossing a frisbee, you can bet that photo would be prominently displayed at the top of this post!
As I walked back, I went past the house they rented in August (see my “Obama Hawaii Vacation August 2008 Google map”). I saw people just walking by it now without a second glance, while a small crowd was gathered by the “new Obama houses” at the end of the beach. If houses could talk, would it be saying: “What about me? Doesn’t anyone care about ME???” Yes, that August house contained merely a presidential wanna-be instead of the President-elect. But, still… There has been a lot written about the Castle estates on Kailuana Place. A local news broadcast even gave a video tour inside the homes. See the house on my new Obama Christmas Vacation in Hawaii Google Map that I am currently working on.
But what about the August house? I searched the internet and the most I found was “an 11-bedroom, oceanfront vacation home owned by Jill Tate Higgins sitting behind thick palm trees at the end of a private road. The $8 million house occupies 12,000-square feet and has 10.5 bathrooms, a pool and a Jacuzzi.” The only good photo I could find of the house was on my own ArmchairHawaii.com website (and that’s the one I took!) So, as I strolled by that long-forgotten lonely (but lovely!) house, I decided then and there to help this house find its rightful place in the sun.
I put on my detective cap and started sleuthing. Success! I found the listing on several vacation rental websites. The house actually has 10 bedrooms and 11 1/2 bathrooms, not the other way around you mainstream media guys! It has a BBQ! An outdoor shower! An exercise room! A media room! A large pool and two indoor/outdoor wading pools! And best of all, it says “kids ok”!!
And yes, it also lists the per night price. And no, I’m not going to include that here. If you really gotta know, go find it yourself!
Here are some photos: