Judicial Watch: Obamas’ 2015 Hawaii Vacation Cost Taxpayers $4.8 Million

By Matthew Hrozencik | December 6, 2016 | 3:49pm EST
From top to bottom: Malia Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, President Obama, and Sasha Obama arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam in Hawaii on Dec. 19, 2015. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Judicial Watch announced on Monday that records released by the Secret Service reveal that taxpayers paid $1.2 million just to fly President Obama’s family to Hawaii for their December 18, 2015 to January 3, 2016 vacation.

That brings the total cost of the First Family’s trip to Hawaii to $4.8 million, the watchdog agency reported.

The latest revelation was obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in May after the Secret Service refused to release the travel documents, 

Trips to Hawaii have been an annual event throughout Obama’s eight-year presidency. Currently, their travel expenses total $85,029,819.

The Secret Service also released a list of its own expenses for the Hawaii trip, including:

   -  Hotel and lodging: $1,000,458.63.

   -  Car rentals: $165,893.88

   -  Air and rail tickets: $67,964.16.

While in Hawaii, the Obama’s stayed at the luxury Hale Reena Estate, which “rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.”

According to the records obtained by Judicial Watch, the Secret Service rented several Kailua homes near the Marine Corps base in the Kaneohe Bay for 19 nights starting on December 16th, three days before the Obamas’ vacation was set to officially begin. The total cost of the rentals: $245,993.12.

The Secret Service also had rooms reserved at the Moana Surfrider resort at Waikiki Beach ($40,249.48) and the Ala Moana Hotel ($671,895.99). They also rented 102 cars over the course of the Obamas’ two-week vacation from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz totaling $165,893.88, according to Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch also cited an ABC News article that listed the upscale restaurants where the Obamas’ dined over the course of their two-week vacation.

“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,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. 

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