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Obama to leave Hawaii for Washington on Saturday

Saturday - 1/4/2014, 4:40am  ET

President Barack Obama reacts as he watches his putt on the second green at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation.

White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii on Saturday night.

The president's vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year's, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu.

Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in the sleepy suburb of Kailua on Oahu's eastern coast.

He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice and watched Oregon State play in the first round of a basketball tournament.

Obama also has done some official business, signing a defense bill and a budget deal easing spending cuts.


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