JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Barack Obama was nearly a week late, but finally arrived Friday evening for his annual holiday vacation in Hawaii.
Air Force One landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 5:53 p.m. It took several more minutes before the presidential plane stopped in front of the terminal, but soon President Obama appeared at the doorway to cheers from a small crowd. The president, casually dressed in khaki slacks and a light blue long sleeve shirt, then bounded down the stairs and was greeted by Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.
Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Colonel Sam Barrett, commander of the 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, also greeted the president.
Air Force One departed Washington Friday morning after President Barack Obama completed his last order of business -- signing legislation that extends the payroll tax cut.
As President Obama left the White House, he shook hands and wished "Merry Christmas" to all the reporters and tourists who were visiting.
The president joined First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, who have been vacationing on Oahu since Saturday, at the so-called "Winter White House" on Kailuana Place in Kailua.
The familiar security tent that will check all incoming and outgoing cars in the area was spotted on Friday.
"It's been pretty much the same year after year, big motorcycle presence, police presence," Kailua resident Denise Page said. "It's a pretty big show when they come in."
Air and sea restrictions are in effect with the President's arrival.
A ten-mile "No Fly Zone" is in effect around the Obama's vacation home in Kailua, and a 30-mile ring past that is restricted to limited flights. The restrictions will remain in effect until Jan. 2.