Obama dines at upscale Thai restaurant during Oahu visit

Published: Mar. 14, 2017 at 9:31 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM HST
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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former President Barack Obama is back in the islands.

He arrived on Oahu on Monday night for an unannounced visit, and headed to the Mid Pacific Country Club on Tuesday to golf.

His motorcade was spotted heading into the golf course about mid-day Tuesday.

"It's totally different from last year," said Mark Sousa, director of golf at the country club. "We had about 34 golf carts that we gave to the Secret Service last year and the years before. This year they only took 5. There were no weapons seen."

He later dined at Noi Thai Cuisine, an upscale restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Police Commission Chairman Max Sword and wife, Mona Wood-Sword, snapped some photos with the former president. Wood-Sword said he was with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

He also took some photos with the general manager and bar manager of the restaurant.

On Monday night, Obama dined at one of his regular haunts: Buzz's Steakhouse in Kailua.

It's believed to be Obama's first trip to Oahu since leaving office in January. The last time he was in Hawaii was during his annual Christmas vacation in 2016, when he also dined twice at Buzz's.

It's not known how long he will be staying.

The visit comes after the former president, who grew up on Oahu, met with tech industry executives in Silicon Valley, Calif. on Monday.

A day before, he had lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett in Omaha, Neb.

The Obamas are still living in Washington, D.C. while their youngest daughter finishes high school.

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