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Report: Obama family vacation to Hawaii cost nearly $8M

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The taxpayer bill for flying the Obamas back and forth for their most recent Hawaii vacation was $8 million, according to a new report.

President Barack Obama and his family spent 17 days in Hawaii during the 2013 holiday season. The group 'Judicial Watch' obtained documents on Air Force One for that trip and found that the aircraft logged 37 hours of flying time during that period.

The cost to fly is $210,000 an hour, 'Judicial Watch' reports, bringing the total cost for the trip to $7.8 million.

The amount is nearly double the cost of the previous year's Hawaii vacation, but the higher price is likely due in part to First Lady Michelle Obama staying in the state longer. After President Obama left the islands, she traveled to Maui to spend time with Oprah Winfrey.

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