President Barack Obama is not the only VIP to be spending his holidays in exclusive islands in Hawaii.
While the president and his family are on a 17-day holiday vacation in beach front homes in Kailua, Oahu, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona, reports the Hawaii Reporter.
The California Democrat’s suite, which she has rented for the past two Christmases, room goes for a whopping $10,000 a night. Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her two visits, at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers,, the Reporter says.
Pelosi reportedly spent Christmas Eve at midnight Mass in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona.
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s website touts the appointed grounds thusly: “Gloriously revitalised, this natural tropical paradise offers more than ever to explore — with a newly expanded Spa, beachfront dining, fashion boutiques and new Deluxe Suites, in addition to Jack Nicklaus signature golf. Set on the Big Island’s exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition.”
Pelosi has many friends in Hawaii, including Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, whom she supported during his successful campaign for governor in 2010.
Obama’s trip to the island of Oahu is much higher. Last week, the Reporter added up the total cost of his vacation to be more than $4 million.