President Obama's Hawaiian vacation ends

Published: Jan. 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM HST
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Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base
Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Barack Obama and his family are heading back to the White House.

The president and his family left Oahu Monday evening after a 10-day vacation.

The First Family departed Hickam AFB around 5:30 p.m.

President Obama was seen off on the tarmac by Adm. Robert Willard-Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Lieut. Gen. Paul Selva-Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, and his spouse, Ricki Selva. 

Air Force One will touch down in Washington Tuesday morning.

President Obama started his final day of his Hawaiian holiday with a morning workout at Marine Base at Kaneohe Bay.

On Sunday, the First Family visited the President's maternal grandfather's grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

After that, the Obamas headed to the East-West Center in Manoa. They checked out an exhibit featuring the anthropological field of the President's late mother.

Obama's vacation consisted largely of trips to the gym and golf course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  The first family also made a few outings, including a snorkeling trip to popular Hanauma Bay and a stop for shave ice.

Aides say Obama spent a bit of time on vacation brainstorming ideas for his Jan. 24 State of the Union address, where he will lay out an agenda that will also serve as the basis for his campaign message.

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