obama_golfing_in_hawaii.jpgKANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) _ President Barack Obama played golf with friends and strolled along a surfer beach Saturday on the second full day of his Hawaii vacation.

The president hit the links at the Klipper course at the Marine Corps base near the oceanfront vacation home his family is renting in Kailua.

Under clear blue skies, the president's group spent more than five hours playing 18 holes on the course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He was joined by three high school friends from Hawaii _ Greg Orme, Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb _ and Eric Whitaker from Chicago.

The president later stopped for a few minutes at Pyramid Rock Beach, a popular base playground for surfers and picnickers.

Obama, dressed in a white polo shirt, khakis, and a tan Secret Service baseball cap, walked from his motorcade to the white sands on the shore, where he gazed at the ocean and waved to beachgoers.

Bodysurfing was a favorite activity for Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii, but he hasn't been seen catching waves since August 2008, when he was still a candidate for president. That's when he spent about a half hour riding the surf with Orme and Titcomb at Sandy Beach, a well-known Oahu bodysurfing spot.

The president and the first lady started their day with an early morning workout at the Semper Fit gym at the base.

The Honolulu-born president arrived in Hawaii on Christmas Eve with his wife, daughters and friends for a two-week vacation. They're due to leave on Jan. 3.

It's his first return to the islands since he was inaugurated last January.

Pictured above is President Barack Obama.