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31 December 2008

Barak Obama Vacations in Hawaii

There’s quite a bit going on in Hawaii this winter, and in case you weren’t lucky enough to book your vacation there yet, don’t worry.  All these goings-on are only helping to increase Hawaii as a hot vacation destination for 2009.  Luckily, though, the economic downturn has still kept Hawaii vacations and resorts affordable.

Perhaps the biggest news to increase Hawaiian Tourism in 2009 is President-Elect Barack Obama’s vacation in Hawaii this week.  A veritable cottage industry surrounding all things Obama has sprung us this week.  CBS News reports that narrated tours of Obama’s childhood, costing more than $40, are now big business in Honolulu. They stop at the apartment building he grew up in, a favorite lunch hangout and the local ice cream store.  The fact that he’s been golfing there all week can only help the local links attract more vacation golfers.

The National Football League has already announced its commitment to hold future Pro Bowls in Hawaii.  The next one is slated for the week after the 2009 Super Bowl, when the best players from the AFC face the best from the NFC. Fans, players and coaches vote to determine rosters. The game has been held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu since 1980, and 2009’s Pro Bowl will be held there again.

OK, maybe this isn’t going to attract that many tourists, but 13th Annual Hanohano Ocean Challenge will be held Jan 31, 2009.  It’s a contest of ocean paddling craft, such as outrigger canoes.  According to them, if you can paddle it, you are welcome to participate in the race.

And it at least deserves a mention that Woody Harrelson just tied the knot in Hawaii yesterday.  After all, weddings and honeymoons are big budget items for vacation travel to Hawaii; who wouldn’t want to have their honeymoon on the beach in Waikiki?


  • HawaiiVacationGifts said:

    Obama is a true local guy born and raised here, and all of Hawaii is proud of him.

  • Madridhotels said:

    Lets see what Obama actually does in future. All credits will depend on Obama’s decision which will be taken in future.