KAILUA – The now familiar signs that President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and First Dogs will be arriving in Hawaii for Christmas are appearing in the close knit beachside community on Oahu’s windward side.
On Wednesday, Honolulu police conducted roadside drills along the route the President’s caravan takes, from the H-1 Freeway beginning around the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam area, over the H-3 Freeway off-ramp and into Kailua.
On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard officials went door-to-door, informing Kailua residents who live along the canal and ocean near the Obama rentals, that waterways will be closed to the public between Dec. 18 and Jan. 5.
All boats must be removed from the canal and there will be no recreational use, such as canoe and kayak paddling or stand up paddling, in the popular area where the U.S. Coast Guard officials will soon patrol.
A nearby favorite surf spot in Kailua Bay will also be closed during the President’s visit.
U.S. Secret Service agents have been performing security checks in the neighborhood in and around Kailuana Place where the private homes are located.
While no official plans have been released, area residents believe the Obamas will arrive possibly as early as Friday, Dec. 19, just after daughters Sasha and Malia begin their winter break.
Some renting homes to the President’s friends told Hawaii Reporter they must be out of their homes between Dec. 19 and Jan. 4.
The President, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, returns annually to Kailua for his Christmas holiday, a tradition he’s kept since first being elected to the nation’s highest office.