President Obama and his family will again spend the end-of-the-year holidays in his native Hawaii, starting late this week.
The First Family leaves for Honolulu on Friday evening, according to the White House schedule.
The White House has not announced a return date, but the president is expected to stay in Hawaii until after New Year's Day.
Last year's holiday trip was interrupted by a fight with congressional Republicans over the "fiscal cliff," but no such dispute is on the horizon this month.
From Hawaii News Now:
"This will be the First Family's sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it in Kailua.
"Every year the Obamas have rented a few houses on Kailuana Place – creating quite the buzz in the beach side community.
"'It's exciting. It's really an honor to have him here, and when he's around -- actually the place is super safe because we have all this security around,' said Lanette Hayashi, who lives in the neighborhood where the Obama."