HONOLULU (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama and his family spent nearly seven hours on Oahu's North Shore, visiting one of his old high school buddies.
Obama's police-escorted motorcade took a two-hour scenic drive Sunday up the island's windward coast from his rental home to the Mokuleia residence of Bobby Titcomb.
Earlier, Obama and two friends from Chicago, Eric Whitaker and Martin Nesbitt, went to the Semper Fit gym on Marine Corps Base Hawaii's compound. The president-elect didn't speak to reporters but made small talk with folks who gathered by the road inside the secure base.
Marines and others on the secure base gathered on a traffic island waiting for a glimpse of Obama.
Afterward, Obama asked the visitors how they were doing and offered a drawn out "al-ohhh-ha." The group applauded.
On the way to Titcomb's house, the Obamas made a brief stop at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Obama and his family are spending 12 days in his native state. The Obamas are trying to keep a low profile on the trip but Obama is receiving national security briefings. He has no public schedule through the New Year.