12 Incredible Photos of Barack Obama in Hawai‘i From His Time as POTUS

#ThanksObama: For the Hawai‘i memories.

Aloha, President Barack Obama! We decided to take a look back at the Hawai‘i-born president’s visits to Honolulu over the past eight years through the lens of chief White House photographer Pete Souza. Souza captured more than 2 million photos of Obama during his two terms, including snapshots of POTUS in the Islands, conducting business and getting some much needed R&R. To mark Obama’s final days in office, we selected a few of our favorite shots.


1. Obama Golfing 

President Barack Obama plays golf.

Kāneʻohe Klipper Marine Golf Course, 2010. No trip to Hawai‘i is ever complete for Obama without a round of golf. In addition to the Kāne‘ohe Klipper Marine Golf Course, golfers also frequently spotted the commander-in-chief at the Mid-Pacific Country Club, Kapolei Golf Course and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. There’s even a website dedicated to keeping track of Obama’s golf outings.

Photo: Pete Souza​


2. Obama Eating Shave Ice

President Barack Obama at Island Snow.

Island Snow, 2010. The Kailua shave ice spot has been a favorite for the Obamas for years.



3. Obama Catching a Wave

President Barack Obama surfing.

Pyramid Rock Beach, 2012. Obama negotiated a wave at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kāneʻohe Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i. Easy peasy.



4. Obama Carrying a Cute Baby

President Barack Obama and baby.

Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, 2014. Who could resist face time with this cutie? Not Obama.

Photo: Pete Souza


5. Obama Hitting “the Gym”

President Barack Obama on Koko Crater.

Koko Head Crater, 2015. Obama spent most of his Hawai‘i workout time at the Marine Corps Base Semper Fit gym. But once, Obama surprised hikers by climbing the grueling Koko Head Trail, all 1,048 wooden steps of it. Souza came along. “I’ll admit that I was huffing and puffing up the trail, but to my friends, this photograph is proof that I indeed made it to the top with my boss,” he says.

Photo: Pete Souza 


6. Obama Visiting Military Members

President Barack Obama and military.

Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, 2010. Obama made it an annual Christmas Day tradition to greet and thank hundreds of military members and their families at the Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i. Semper fi!



7. Obama Greeting Fans 

President Barack Obama greeting fans.

Mid-Pacific Country Club, 2010. Obama took a break from his golf game to hand a souvenir to a child. A future golfer, perhaps?




8. Obama Hosting a Dinner for APEC Leaders

Obama at APEC Hawaii.

APEC summit, 2011. Yes, Obama conducted business in Hawai‘i, too. POTUS and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a dinner for APEC summit leaders in Honolulu on Nov. 12, 2011.



9. Obama Chilling on a Boat

Obama on a boat.

Pearl Harbor, 2011. Obama and the First Lady toured Pearl Harbor with Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.



10. Obama Thanking Pearl Harbor Survivors

President Barack Obama greeting Pearl Harbor survivors.

Pearl Harbor, 2016. On Dec. 27, 2016, Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greeted survivors from the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. 



11. Obama Offering Flowers at Pearl Harbor

President Barack Obama offering flowers at Pearl Harbor.

USS Arizona Memorial, 2016. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Obama scattered dendrobium orchids at the USS Arizona Memorial. Previous Japanese leaders visited Pearl Harbor, but Abe’s trip marked the first visit of Japan’s prime minister to the memorial.



12. Obama Boarding Air Force One

Barack Obama boarding Air Force One.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 2014. Obama heading off into the Hawai‘i sunset. Aloha!



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