President May Not be "Home for Christmas", Hazardous Surf & Lava Drama

President Obama may not make it to Hawaii for Christmas after all. He plans to stay in Washington D.C. while the payroll tax cut debate continues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that the President told him that "Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii. They don't need me there." If he wraps up business in time, the President plans to head to Hawaii to join his family on December 17th.

A memorial will be held at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii today for Private First Class Josue Ibarra. The 21 year old Texas native was killed June 19th while fighting in Afghanistan.

Watch for hazardous surf through the weekend. There's a high surf advisory for north and west facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau. Dan will let us know when the waves will peak.

The rough water and high winds were apparently too much for one Big Island kayaker to handle. The kayaker had to tread water for 30 minutes with only a paddle after flipping and losing the kayak. We have details on the rescue on Sunrise.

Lava continues to creep towards the only home still standing in the Royal Gardens subdivision. The molten rock from the Big Island's Puu O'o Crater is within 500 yards from Jack Thompson's house and about 1 and a half miles from the ocean. You can view the dramatic new video of the lava flow and a slideshow right now at

Happening today.. On Kauai, public auction begins for 17 vacant recreational residence leases in Kokee and Waimea state parks. The rustic cabins.have not been available to the general public for decades.

Also ahead this morning on Sunrise, Living Lei Chic's Senior Editor Christi Young takes papa to be Steve Uyehara shopping for a "hipper" baby blanket, we check out local handmade baby gifts, a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano honoree receives a prestigious fellowship, and how did I end up on a new music CD? Random!

Hope you can join us for Sunrise starting at 4:30.