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Obamas Begin Christmas Vacation in Hawaii

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama (R) with daughters Malia (L) and Sasha arrive for their annual Christmas and New Year vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii December 19, 2014.

U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, their two daughters and two dogs have arrived in Hawaii for their annual winter vacation.

Obama was born there and spent much of his childhood in Hawaii where he was known "Barry."

The family has returned to Hawaii for their Christmas vacation every year Obama has been in the White House.

President Obama usually spends much of his vacation playing golf on Hawaii's lush courses, joined by longtime friends and occasionally a celebrity or professional athlete.

He and Mrs. Obama also dine out at restaurants in Honolulu. The president and the first lady typically join their daughters Sasha and Malia for hikes, beach time and trips for shave ice - a Hawaiian treat.

The Obamas are staying in Kailua, a beachside community across the island from the popular tourist destination of Waikiki.

The president does not have any public events scheduled before his return to the White House on January 4.