President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 13

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Posted: Jan 02, 2015 1:47 AM
President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 13

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the 13th day of his family's holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:

— SNORKELING: The first family began the New Year under mostly sunny skies as they left their rental home in the small town of Kailua, outside Honolulu, for a snorkeling excursion. They went to Hanauma Bay, a popular snorkeling spot that's closed to the public on New Year's Day, Christmas and Tuesdays. A worker at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve confirmed the Obamas were the only party there. En route to the preserve, onlookers waved to the motorcade, took photographs and flashed the "shaka" sign. The Obamas spent more than four hours there.

— SHAVE ICE: The first family's motorcade went to Island Snow in Kailua, where Obama and his daughters ordered shave ice, a Hawaiian treat similar to a snow cone. Obama told a crowd of a few dozen onlookers, "Happy New Year, everybody!" After finishing his treat, the president, wearing a Nike pullover and flip-flops, shook hands with some of the people in the crowd. The family then returned to Obama's Kailua vacation home.

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— MARIO CUOMO'S DEATH: The White House said Obama phoned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend condolences in the death of his father, former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

— DINING OUT: The president and first lady later dined at the exclusive restaurant Vintage Cave.