Obama to celebrate New Year with friends, family

KANEOHE, United States - President Barack Obama - still on vacation in Hawaii - plans to spend New Year's eve with loved ones "at home," the White House said.

"The president plans to stay at home tonight and ring in the New Year with family and friends," the White House said in a brief statement released late Wednesday a few hours before Hawaii was to ring in 2015.

Obama has been on holiday in Hawaii, his birth state, for a two-week break. He returns to Washington on Sunday.