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Obama Greets Hawaiians: "Mele Kalikimaka!"

01/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President-elect Barack Obama started off his Christmas Eve the same way he has every day of his Hawaii vacation -- with a workout. From the pool report:

Obama's motorcade left his Kailua rental home at 7:39 a.m. And arrived at the gym nine minutes later.

The pool was not allowed inside as Obama worked out for about an hour.

Afterward, he greeted and shook hands with a throng of about 60 people that had gathered in the parking lot of the fitness center, where Obama has started his mornings each day since arriving on Saturday.

"Hey, man, how's it going," he asked one person before wishing everyone, "Mele Kalikimaka!" (The Hawaiian translation of Merry Christmas.)

He then turned to some children and asked, "You guys got your Christmas lists all together?"

Obama met with the crowd for about three minutes before jumping in his sport-utility vehicle.

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