The Obamas Go for Shave Ice in Hawaii

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 2, 2010 9:30am

President Obama and his Hawaiian vacation party, fresh from watching Ohio State defeat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, took a late afternoon New Year's Day trip to Island Snow shave ice and clothing store–one of the Obama's favorite haunts in Kailua. 

The large Obama tribe — which included Malia, Sasha, family friends Marty Nesbitt and his family, Eric Whitaker and his family, island golfing buddies Greg Orme and Mike Ramos and others–ordered 19 shave ice cones in all the various flavors and colors of the rainbow, seven of them with ice cream on the bottom. There were so many orders, Obama had to consult a cheat sheet with all of them written down.  First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t make the outing.

Asked if he was gonna add the traditional Japanese adzuki beans to his order, the president replied, "No. I like my shave ice straight. … No frills."

Obama's "snowbama" order included lemon-lime, cherry and passion guava flavors. 

The president, who was sporting shades indoors and was clad in a plain tee shirt and shorts, commiserated with Oregon fan Orme and tried to cheer him up by saying Ohio State fan Nesbitt would pay for his shave ice cone.

Once outside, daughter Malia could be seen sampling her dad's concoction.  Small but vocal crowds gathered in the parking lot of the tiny store to applaud and wave to the president. Mr. Obama waved back as he jumped back into his black SUV for the ride back to his vacation rental.

– Jon Garcia

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