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Preparations go up for Presidential vacation

One of the barriers on Kailuana Place One of the barriers on Kailuana Place
Secret Service places security equipment Secret Service places security equipment
Shane Vincent Shane Vincent
Shave ice at Island Snow Shave ice at Island Snow
Judy Drake Judy Drake

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Depending on that tax vote in Congress the president and his entourage are expected to arrive as soon as this weekend and stay through New Year's Day.

Concrete barriers were put up at the entrance of Kailuana Place which will block anyone who isn't supposed to be in the neighborhood.  There are four more barriers closer to the president's house set up in slalom order.  Secret Service agents are also setting up equipment around the perimeter of the property.  It's serious security for business like going to get shave ice at Island Snow.

"Nothing will ever compare to meeting Obama," said Shane Vincent, Island Snow Manager.

Shane Vincent says not even meeting Kobe Bryant was as cool as snapping a picture with the president.  He says the president is a purest. He doesn't take azuki beans or ice cream, just ice and syrup.  They call it the Snowbama.

"It's choo choo cherry, tangy guava orange and da kine lemon lime," said Vincent.

Island Snow has expanded since the last visit and will be ready should the first family need a shave ice fix.

"I've definitely upped my game since he's been here last, it's softer, fluffier, three machines ready to go," laughed Vincent.

The president also likes to hit the links.  The manager at Luana Hills Golf Course says the president usually makes a tee time under someone else's name and they don't know it's him until he shows up.

The Obama's have enjoyed a night out eating at Alan Wong's Restaurant.  While they try to enjoy a relaxing vacation others do have to adjust their routines, like not being able to run to the end of Kailua Beach which locals don't seem to mind.

"No, that's why I'm doing it while I can I have no problem with that and enjoy it now and come back to it at the beginning of the year," said Judy Drake, a Kailua resident who runs the length of the beach.

Considering the low in temperature in Kailua was 70 degrees today compared to 25 in Washington and 14 degrees in Chicago, it's pretty easy to see why the president would choose da kine instead.


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