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Hawaii vacation over, first family heads back to Washington

President Obama shakes hands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam President Obama shakes hands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) -

President Obama headed back to Washington, D.C., Saturday night after a two-week Hawaii vacation with the first family.

The motorcade carrying the president arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 10:19 p.m. About a hundred people, including Gov. David Ige, Hawaii First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and U.S. Pacific Commander Adm. Harry Harris, were there to see the Obamas off.

Unlike his arrival, when Air Force One landed in windy and rainy weather, skies were clear and winds were calm.

The SUV carrying the president and first lady stopped in front of spectators in a viewing area on the tarmac. The president was dressed casually in a button-down shirt and jeans, while Michelle Obama was in a purple dress. The couple spent several minutes shaking hands before heading to the stairs leading to Air Force One. 

After briefly talking with Gov. and Mrs. Ige and Admiral Harris, the Obamas went up the stairs, turned around and waved, and then entered Air Force One. The plane departed for Joint Base Andrews just a few minutes later.

Obama had a busy final day on Oahu. It began with a family beach outing at Bellows. President Obama then went to the house of his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, for a few minutes before heading to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where his grandfather is buried. 

The president also went to the East-West Center in Manoa to see the area where a memorial service had been held for his mother, Ann Dunham. Then it was off to Honolulu Zoo for the president and his daughters Sasha and Malia.

The president and the first lady then had a last dinner out at Buzz's Steakhouse in Kailua before heading to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the trip back to in Washington.

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