After winning an exhaustive election and at the same time being bombarded by right wing media, controversy over health care, a slow growing economy and now a stalemate with Republicans over the fiscal cliff, this is a President who has earned a vacation. Unfortunately, the Obama family’s Christmas vacation for 2012 will be cut short due to the Presidents need to return to Washington after Christmas to resume talks to resolve fiscal cliff issues before January 1st.
The family’s favorite Christmas White House retreat has been in Kailua on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu since the family started spending their winter vacations on the westernmost point at the end of Kailua Beach. Though the Obamas won’t be returning to the same exact Hawaii vacation home where they stayed in 2008, 09 and 10, we can easily assume it will have an oceanfront view with easy beach access, as ha... more
Paradise Point Estates is where President Obama, Michelle and children spent their Christmas vacations from 2008 to 2010. The 7,000 square foot home with a guest cottage, lagoon-style pool, waterfalls and lanais behind a seven foot lava wall was not available for their 2011 Christmas vacation. The First Family stayed in a similar home last year, just a few hundred yards from the Paradise Point Estates. more
These Kailua estate homes frequently feature inner courtyards surrounding a pool-spa lagoon with boulders, swaying palms, lush plantings and underwater mood lighting. Oceanside is often a rolling lawn with access to the beach and views of the Mokapu Peninsula to the west and Lanikai with its Mokulua Islands to the east. The Marine Base on the Mokapu Peninsula is President Obama’s favored golf course, though th... more
The resort-style homes on Kailua typically have large open floor plans and interiors warmed with the generous use of tropical koa wood seen on many walls and in the high vaulted ceilings. This vaulted great room opens to a covered lanai with outdoor kitchen and wet bar open to the sky and a lush green lawn. more
Although this Paradise Point home rents for over $20,000 per week, the Obamas always pay for the rental out of their private funds. In addition to the home’s location, it also boasts the high level of security required by the First Family. The Obamas arrived at Hickam Air Force Base on December 22nd to begin their abbreviated 2012 Christmas vacation. more