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Obama's Hawaii retreat lost power for 11 hours

Associated Press - December 27, 2008 6:13 PM ET

HONOLULU (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's Hawaiian vacation was darkened for 11 hours Friday night and early Saturday when a power outage enveloped the island of Oahu.

Obama, wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha are staying in a $9 million, five-bedroom oceanfront house near downtown Honolulu. His spokesman Ben LaBolt said Saturday that power to the compound went out around 7 p.m. Friday.

LaBolt says that Obama's power was restored just before 6 a.m. Saturday, about the same time as that of Obama's neighbors.

LaBolt said in a statement that the Obama family is grateful for the offers of assistance from local officials. He would not comment on whether any generators on the property had been put to use.

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