Barack Obama leaves Hawaii

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, ends his week-long vacation, in Hawaii.

Barack Obama's vacation here in his home state comes to an end Friday morning. A week ago, Obama greeted thousands of supporters at a public rally at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park. He spent this past week vacationing with his family taking in the sun and relaxing. Yesterday he took his daughters snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.

"I was really struck by how comfortable he was. He was down here with his family on the beach and secret service were everywhere. But he's a dynamic man he just looked really comfortable, '' snorkler Jan Hamilton said.

Many were impressed with his body surfing skills at Sandys. "When I saw him the pictures of him out at Sandy's yesterday I said he will be back," Jim Bedient said.

Jim snapped a picture of Obama with his Blackberry as he boarded the plane.

"We strolled down there on the ramp and watched him go. It was interesting seeing all of the crowd and seeing all the mayor show up and all that it was fun," Bedient said.

On Tuesday, Obama attended a fundraising event at the Kahala hotel that generated an estimated $1.3 million for his campaign.

Barack Obama's vacation here in the islands is the calm before the storm, he is headed to Chicago to prepare for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.