The Latest: Obama sends Kwanzaa greetings from Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s annual holiday vacation in Hawaii (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

President Barack Obama is wishing a “happy and healthy new year” to those celebrating Kwanzaa.

Obama is issuing his final annual Kwanzaa message as president.

He says Kwanzaa is a joyous time to “reflect on the rich African-American culture.”

Obama is emphasizing the principles enshrined in the Kwanzaa holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. He says those principles reflect Americans’ most cherished values.

The White House released the greetings from Obama on Monday while the president and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.


8:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama is spending the morning after Christmas at a gym on a marine corps base near his Hawaii vacation rental.

It’s the 10th day of the first family’s annual winter vacation on Oahu, where Obama was born.

Obama left his Kailua rental home Monday morning for his workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

A family of four waved to Obama’s motorcade as it headed to the base in Kaneohe Bay.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid a Christmas visit to Marines on Sunday.

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