$295 prix fixe menu.7:01 AM, Jan 2, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, spent the first night of the new year at Vintage Cave, an upscale restaurant in Hawaii.
"At Vintage Cave Honolulu, one can enjoy exceptional food and wine at the hands of gifted masters of the culinary arts. ‘Chef’s recommendation’ commands a gravitas guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning palate. Seasoned sommelier’s conduct the process of pairing wine and food with true finesse and style. Secure in the natural embrace of the cave-like environment, guests are encouraged to relax, ‘hit reset’ and escape the ordinary," Vintage Cave's description reads on its website.
As Time's Zeke Miller pointed out, membership at the restaurant can set you back $500,000.
The half million dollars is to become a "Charter Member." A cheaper membership option the restaurant offers is "Special Member," which costs only $50,000.
The restaurant's prix fixe menu is reportedly $295, with a 13-15 course meal. One local magazine estimates "total bill for two, with wine, will approach $1,000."
12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.
"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.
10:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
According to Gallup among the 50 states, the president’s highest approval rating is in Hawaii where it is just above 60 percent. Understandable, since he was born there, spends a lot of time and plays a lot of golf in the islands, and has enough history with Hawaii that he could call it home.
1:34 PM, Dec 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The island of Guam has a real problem with snakes. Brown tree snakes to be precise, which probably came in via uninspected air cargo. Having no natural predators on Guam, they quickly multiple, until, according to this report:
9:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman representing Hawaii's Second Congressional District, responds to President Obama's proposed budget by expressing concern over missile defense cuts. "It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea," she says in a statement.
Gabbard is a Democrat, who otherwise praises Obama's budget, except for president's proposed Social Security "cuts."
8:36 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
7:44 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times reports:
North Korea’s military said it placed all its missile and artillery units on “the highest alert” on Tuesday, ordering them to be ready to hit South Korea, as well as the United States and its military installations in the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam.
5:52 PM, Jan 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning (Hawaii time!), President Barack Obama is hitting the links at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort has two professional grade courses, the Arnold Palmer and George Fazio courses.
Round-trip cost of president's return trip: $3.6 million.7:04 AM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
After Congress agreed temporarily to avert the "fiscal cliff" last night, President Barack Obama hailed the deal in brief remarks delivered from the White House, and then headed to Air Force One to take a midnight flight to Hawaii. Obama had left his family days earlier to return to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."
About 17.5 hours of golfing, 4 hours on family outings. 8:01 AM, Dec 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At 12:54 a.m., on Saturday December 22, President Barack Obama and his family arrived at Kailua, a Hawaiian town on the island of Oahu. Almost five days later, Obama, leaving his wife and kids behind, departed the island to return to Washington, D.C. Obama’s vacation lasted a brief 118 hours, according to pool reports.
6:11 PM, Dec 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas. Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report.
Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.
As ABC reported at the time of Titcomb's arrest:
9:47 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The first dog, Bo, is headed to Hawaii--along with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters. Bo's riding Air Force One, with the Obamas.
6:02 PM, Dec 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
After delivering remarks on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, the White House notified the press that President Barack Obama is skipping town for Christmas. The first family leaves tonight for Hawaii.
The White House provides this updated schedule: