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Subject: Travel Pool Report No. 2


Travel Pool Report No. 2

Dec. 21, 2013

Kailua, Hawaii


Aloha from beautiful Kailua, a tranquil residential area along Oahu’s windward coast. For you linguists out there, Kailua means “two seas” in Hawaiian, signifying the area’s location between the ocean and a former fish pond lagoon. (Thanks to Ikaika Hussey, a Hawaii-based stringer for Reuters in today’s pool, for sharing local knowledge.)


The sun is breaking through the clouds following last night’s rain and this morning’s drizzle. The temperature here is 77 degrees F and forecast to reach 79 degrees by early afternoon.


After driving from Honolulu through Nu’uanu Pali, a scenic and verdant mountain pass with some spectacular views, your press pool arrived in Kailua near President Obama’s private vacation home.


As the pool approached the home, we saw agents patrolling a canal in a skiff raft on one site as well as two gray patrol boats. On Kailuana Place (which roughly translates to “relaxing ocean,” per Hussey), U.S. Secret Service has a security checkpoint and concrete barricade to stop traffic on the way to the Obama residence. We also saw agents patrolling the neighborhood in golf carts.


The pool did not get close enough to see Obama’s residence. Kailuana Place, the street that leads to the home, is lined with palm trees and dotted with mostly modest, single-story, ranch-style homes. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour and the sidewalks are lined with orange-striped construction signs bearing security warnings for residents and visitors.


The pool is now holding at a lovely home nearby.


Philip Rucker

The Washington Post

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