Obamas to spend the holidays in Hawaii

There’s no official word from the White House, but the rumor mill (a.k.a. all of the local news sources) are saying that the Obamas will spend their second consecutive Christmas in Hawaii.

The Obamas spent last year lounging in their luxurious Paradise Point Estate compound on the shores of Kailua on Oahu’s windward shore, and it looks like they’ll enjoyed their stay enough to return this year as well. According to the estate’s website, “In the interest of security, this site will remain offline until January 4th, 2010.” The Obamas will supposedly be arriving in Hawaii some time around Christmas Eve and leaving shortly after the new year.

Kailua is one of the state’s most idyllic neighorhoods. Lanikai Beach continues to be rated as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Many visitors enjoy kayaking to the nearby Mokulua Islands (pictured here). Kailua Town is quaint and full of great eateries and shops. It’s really no wonder the Obamas enjoy the peace and beauty of this part of the island. Having grown up in Honolulu, Obama knows the best place to take a relaxing vacation. Last Christmas, he was spotted bodysurfing at Sandy Beach, a world-class beach with occasionally neck-breaking shorebreak.

At this time last year, the island experienced a very unfortunate and embarrassing blackout that left even the Obamas scrambling for the nearest generator. Let’s hope that this year HECO has its act together and lets us all have a peaceful holiday in paradise.