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First family plans another Christmas in Hawaii

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The first family at Sea Life Park in 2011 - Photo Source: Reuters The first family at Sea Life Park in 2011 - Photo Source: Reuters
Roberto Mandanas Roberto Mandanas
Alex Mandanas Alex Mandanas
Rick Stack Rick Stack
Richard Whaley Richard Whaley
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

President Barack Obama is reportedly looking to continue his annual family tradition of vacationing in Hawaii for Christmas. Roberto Mandanas and his children are looking forward to the president's presence in their neighborhood.

"It's exciting when he's around, but it's been five years now so we're kind of used to the whole process," said Mandanas.

"It's kind of cool to see them playing on the beach, but sometimes people who kind of don't agree with him stand outside the neighborhood and hold up signs and yell," said his daughter Alex.

Residents just received a notice indicating the security zone in Kailua Bay and the nearby canal. Families must also submit names of potential guests at their homes.

"There is a lot of traffic on the street from the president's motorcade. The Secret Service sets up at the entrance to our neighborhood and checks ID's when you come through," said Kailua resident Rick Stack.

The First Family could arrive as early as December 17 and stay through January 6. President Obama may be delayed if Congress can't reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. Last year, the president joined his wife and daughters on December 23 due to negotiations in Washington.

"It is a little bit of an inconvenience, but I guess it's an honor to have him staying in Kailua," said Stack.

Whenever the president arrives, Island Snow is ready even without any advanced warning before he stops by.

"If he comes in then it's total lockdown, like all the stores around us get blocked off. There's a barricade and security that you can't even imagine around," said Island Snow manager Richard Whaley.

Prior to Air Force One's expected arrival, flight restrictions and road closures will be in place for the President's safety.

Stay with HawaiiNewsNow.com for more details as they become available.

 

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