Obamas have Hanauma Bay all to themselves


POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009

President Barack Obama and his family spent a few hours at Hanauma Bay on a day that the popular destination sight is closed to the public.

The president's motorcade drove him to the nature preserve early this afternoon after he delivered a statement about the “;systemic failure”; that allowed an attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam.

The first family and some friends had a picnic and snorkeled at one of Oahu's top visitor destinations.

Hanauma Bay is closed to the public on Tuesdays to allow the coral reef to recover from intense visitor use during the rest of the week. So the Obama entourage had the beach to themselves. 

Media pool contributed to this report.