The Latest: Obamas hiking Koko Head trail in Hawaii

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Posted: Dec 22, 2015 8:01 PM
The Latest: Obamas hiking Koko Head trail in Hawaii

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's annual two-week vacation in Hawaii (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama has returned to his Kailua vacation home after hiking with family and friends, and White House officials say he will be staying in for the rest of the day.

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and others hit the trail known as Koko Head on Oahu's southeastern side. It's popular for its spectacular views.

Obama and his group chose a good day for the views: there were few clouds in the sky.

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11:15 a.m.

President Barack Obama and the first lady are spending midday with friends hiking the popular Koko Head trail on the southeastern side of Oahu. On the way there, the motorcade passed scenic vistas: the lush green Koolau Mountains, Waimanolo Beach, Rabbit Island and Obama's favorite bodysurfing spot, Sandy Beach, where the surf is up. The last time Obama was spotted body surfing there was in 2008 when he was running for president.

As the motorcade made its way up a hill around Hanauma Bay, a few people waved and gave the shaka sign, with the thumb and little finger extended with the others curled. It means "hang loose."

The Obama's arrived for the hike just before 10 a.m. and are still out on their walk.

It's turned out to be a nice day with a few clouds in the sky.

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9 a.m.

President Barack Obama is back at his Kailua vacation home after an early morning trip to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe to exercise at a gym. It was overcast this morning with rain showers on the windward portion of Oahu where the president is vacationing with his family.

The president is now preparing for another outing.