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Obama sends Kwanzaa greetings from Hawaii

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
US President Barack Obama



United States President Barack Obama is wishing a "happy and healthy new year" to those celebrating Kwanzaa.

Obama was issuing his final annual Kwanzaa message as president.

He said Kwanzaa is a joyous time to "reflect on the rich African-American culture".

Obama emphasised the principles enshrined in the Kwanzaa holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. He said that those principles reflect Americans' most cherished values.

The White House released the greetings from Obama yesterday while the president and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.

Obama spent the morning after Christmas at a gym on a marine corps base near his Hawaii vacation rental.

It was the 10th day of the first family's annual winter vacation on Oahu, where Obama was born.

Obama left his Kailua rental home on Monday morning for his workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

A family of four waved to Obama's motorcade as it headed to the base in Kaneohe Bay.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid a Christmas visit to Marines on Sunday.