First Lady Michelle Obama spending extra time in Hawaii ALONE

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make their annual trip to speak with current and retired members of the U.S. military and their families as they eat a Christmas Day meal in the Anderson Hall mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 25, 2013 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Image by Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama spending extra time in Hawaii ALONE

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jan 6, 2014

There are probably quite a few perks to being the First Lady. Add being able to take an extra long vacation for your birthday as one of them. Or maybe she just got really lucky in the husband department.

Michelle Obama is turning 50 this month, and she is kicking off the celebration by spending time with some pals on the island of Hawaii.

Michelle was already on the island because the First Family just wrapped up their Christmas vacation there. Mr. President and the First Daughters returned to the White House on Sunday.

During their two week vacation, the family rented a private beach house on the windward side of Oahu. The president played golf nine days out of the 15-day vacation, and he and the First Lady had dinner at a few of their favorite restaurants. The family also went snorkeling and visited the Honolulu Zoo.

The New York Daily News reports that the time away is part of Mrs. Obama's birthday gift from her loving hubby. A birthday party is being planned closer to her birthday, which is on Jan. 17.

It's really only fair since President Obama had a little boys' weekend in Florida last year. At the time, a few eyebrows were raised at the idea that the president skipped town for a little "me time."

According to, Michelle is spending her time at Oprah Winfrey's palatial Maui estate.

Maybe the First Couple simply realize that the best marriages are the ones with a little space and everyone needs a chance to do their own thing.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to