Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for Christmas

Obamas in Hawaii

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President Barack Obama disembarks Obama Air Force One with daughters Natasha and Malia at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on December 22, 2012 in Honolulu. (Photo by Cory Lum-Pool/Getty Images)

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by MATTHEW DALY

Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 22 at 10:45 AM

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.

Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and traveled quickly to their vacation house in the beach town of Kailua, a scenic, sleepy beach town on the east side of Oahu.

Kailua is roughly 12 miles from downtown Honolulu. Obama's vacation house sits near a Marine base, on the north end of a five-mile stretch of beach popular among windsurfers and paddle surfers.

As the president and his family departed Air Force One, Obama had shed the jacket he was wearing when he left Washington and was in a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. The first family left Washington on Friday night.

White House officials say the president's vacation itinerary doesn't include any scheduled public events.

No return date has been given by the White House. Obama himself said earlier Friday that, since a deal hasn't been reached to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," he would be returning to Washington after Christmas.

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Associated Press writer Oskar Garcia contributed to this report.

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