Obama Family’s 2015 Hawaii Vacation Cost Taxpayers $4,823,206.88

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Obama Family’s 2015 Hawaii Vacation Cost Taxpayers $4,823,206.88
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Judicial Watch

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- The costs of Obama’s luxury travel keeping adding up for overburdened taxpayers. We have obtained records from the U.S. Secret Service revealing that its travel expenses for the First Family’s 2015 Hawaiian vacation cost taxpayers $1.2 million, which bring the total cost of the vacation trip to at least $4.8 million.

This was the Obamas’ eighth Hawaiian family vacation.

The trip has become an annual event for the Obamas. To date, Obama’s and his family’s travel expenses total at least $85,029,819.

The records obtained by Judicial Watch for Obama’s Secret Service travel to Hawaii reveal the following expenses totaling $1,234,316.67:

  • Hotel and lodging costs totaled $1,000,458.63
  • The Secret Service spent $165,893.88 on car rentals.
  • Air and rail expenses totaled $67,964.16.

Although the vacation officially lasted from December 18, 2015, to January 3, 2016, the Secret Service rented several Kailua homes for 19 nights, starting from December 16. The total for the rentals, located near the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay was $245,993.12.

According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.

The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz – 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.

Reportedly, the Obamas stayed at the Hale Reena Estate, which “rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.”

According to other news sources, the Obamas dined out frequently (and were guarded) at Hawaii’s finest restaurants:

  • On Sunday, December 20, the Obamas had dinner at Morimoto, a celebrity chef-owned Asian-fusion restaurant,
  • On Christmas Eve, they dined at MW Restaurant in Honolulu,
  • On December 27, the first family took their dinner at “one of Hawaii’s finest restaurants,” Hoku’s at the Kahala Hotel and Resort,
  • The next day, the Obamas dined at Alan Wong’s with friends,
  • And on New Year’s Day, the Obamas dined at Halekulani, billed as one of the “top restaurants on Oahu.”

The president played seven rounds of golf, went hiking and snorkeling.

We filed a FOIA request for these documents in January 2016. The records were released in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed on May 6, 2016, (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:16-cv-00863)). The lawsuit was filed after the Secret Service ignored a series of separate FOIA requests for costs associated with the president’s travel.

The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.

Let’s add that to the agenda for the first 100 days. To that end, it was good to see President-elect Trump questioning the multi-billion dollar costs of the planned replacements for the current planes used as Air Force One.

Is this it for Obama travel? Nope. According to the White House, President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 27, 2016.

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Bruce Edmondson

I’d that’s the way you feel, why don’t you get the full*# out of America?

Bob Koceja

Obama is the typical welfare recipient. We gave him a job, and he never showed up for work. Like somebody
said before. He likes being The President, He just doesn’t like being President.

Jeff D.

To every idiot in this great country who voted for Obama, It serves you right. It’s just to bad we all have had to pay for it one way or another! It has been a long time since this country has actually had a true leader for the American People of this great country residing at 1600 Penn. Ave. We now have a true president of the U.S.A.! Personally I just can’t wait for the change that is about to finally happen! Obama flunked out! Plain and simple!! F

Ron H

I have hopes for our businessman-elect to cut out of control spending. The new 747 Air Force One was blasting past the $4.2 billion with all the unaccounted overruns. Trump called Boeing and told them he would be canceling the order. He said he would use his own plane before he would authorize that expenditure.


The decadence and self-absorption of almost the entire political elite, and especially the Obamas, in this country has become offensive, disheartening and infuriating. At some point it must end, hopefully before the masses are forced to retaliate. “Draining the swamp”, term limits and strict controls on wasteful government expenditures will be an appropriate place for our new administration to act quickly. Let’s Pray that our wishes come to fruition, finally.


And now the are ripping off we tax payers again 30 days before he is out like we owe him another
vacation. I couldn’t take a vacation because of increased taxes, guess that’s why taxes went up ,
politicians need more bonuses.

Randy Locher

Ahole Americans deserve Everything He’s done to them. The Most Worthless cattle on the Planet.


Just like a lot people on welfare. They’ll spend as much tax payer money as they can get with no thought. After all it’s free, except for working people.

The Dude

The Trump bill is going to be much higher. He has a bigger family that is going to need SS protection. Are you going to keep up with that bill also?

Ron H

@The Dude,
If you are aware of the various ways personal protection; i.e., bodyguards, ID themselves, lapel pins for one,you would notice that approximately 50% of the suits protecting Trump are not SS. I’m sure he has had his own personal protection detail for years. The adult Trumps like to Constitutional Carry. They are not defenseless.
The Obamas have taken more lavish vacations than any other presidential family.

Raina Anderson

And how much is it costing us taxpayers to have secret service protect the president – elect in NY per day???

The president is allowed to take a vacation once in awhile. Why make it a big deal?

Whiskey For My Men Beer For My Horses

The question is how much will New Yorkers pay for a sanctuary city when federal funding ends? I don’t get how anyone can complain about protecting the president elect but they have no problem funding a sanctuary city full of criminals and people that should not be in America to begin with. And if you think a vacation costing taxpayers 4,823,206.88 for a vacation is no big deal then you have more dollars than sense.


4.8 mil? Way over the line!


Keep the ‘Money Meter’ running, the ‘Kinyun Kountdown’ shows 35 more days till 20 Jan 17.