President Obama golfs, First Lady hikes on day one of Hawaii vacation

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After Air Force One arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam a little after 2 a.m. Saturday, President Obama and the First Lady got some rest at their Kailua vacation rental and later spent the day outdoors.

First Lady Michelle Obama went hiking on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

Several hikers got the experience of all the hoopla surrounding the Obamas’ island visit.

Alana Sooriyakumar said Michelle Obama “looked about the same you would imagine when you see pictures of her. She was in her workout clothes. She was very, very toned and athletic, and much taller than I expected.”

“They were walking down here with three or four Escalades parked over there,” said Alan Higashi. “Right at the entrance, they searched us.”

“They were metal detecting everybody,” said Sai Sooriyakumar, “making you take any metal objects out of your pocket. Actually, I had to return my knife to my vehicle.”

Witnesses say the First Lady was as incognito as you can get with several Secret Service agents surrounding her.

“As we were walking up the trail, we were asking people which Obama was up there?,” said Higashi. “They looked at me like, what are you talking about? Most people didn’t even know they were here. I don’t see how you couldn’t tell, with all the secret service agents.

“She seemed like she was having a nice time with her friends or sisters, whoever she was with, talking and cruising.”

And for President Obama? The White House Press Office confirmed the President hit some rounds at the golf course on the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe early Saturday afternoon.

His motorcade left the First Family’s Kailua vacation rental at 12:22 p.m. and arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawaii five minutes later.

The president was part of a foursome that includes White House staff members Joe Paulsen and Mike Brush, and longtime Honolulu friend Bobby Titcomb.

The president left the base at 4:54 p.m. and arrived back at the Kailua house five minutes later.Local girl meets President Obama in impromptu meeting

It’s only day one of President Obama’s annual vacation to Hawaii, and already he’s made a Mililani fourth-grader’s dream come true.

Railey Okamura, 10, says she has been waiting for the moment to meet the president since she was 4.

She heard that the president would be at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii golf course in Kaneohe Saturday afternoon, so she and her mom went too.

She made a sign saying “can you please take a picture with me,” and after 10 to 15 minutes of waiting, that’s exactly what happened.

“He said, ‘hi, sweetheart, how was your day’ and I said, ‘good’ and he said, ‘what is your name?’ and I said ‘Railey,'” said the 10-year-old in a phone interview.

Her mother Shavonn Okamura was just as excited to see the president make time just for Railey.

“I know my daughter really wanted to meet him for a really long time, and she waited to see him and meet him, and I was excited for her and excited at the same time to actually meet him,” said Shavonn, also by phone.

“I felt happy and honored that I got to meet President Obama and I waited 6 years to meet him and I finally did,” added Railey.

The Obamas arrived in Hawaii at about 2 a.m. Saturday. They’ll be in the state for two weeks.

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