President Barack Obama arrives with Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI 2nd District) Sen. Daniel Akaka [D-HI] at Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, for the family's holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
KANEOHE BAY, HI-- President Barack Obama and his family
are making a rare Sunday trip to church.
The Obamas arrived at St. Michael's Chapel mid-morning. The
church is located on the Marine Corps base where Obama frequently
golfs and goes to the gym during his Hawaiian vacations.
The Obamas were seated in the first row of the chapel as a band
played "Joy to the World" and parishioners clapped. The celebrant
said he was especially thankful this Sunday to have the Obamas in
Though Obama speaks frequently about his Christian faith, his
family rarely attends church services in Washington. The White
House says the president hasn't joined a parish because his
appearances would be disruptive to the rest of the congregation.