News Barack Obama Surprises Christmas Carolers in Hawaii, Gets Sweetly Serenaded By Meghan Overdeep Meghan Overdeep Twitter Meghan Overdeep is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn who covers all things celebrity and pop culture. She worked as a News Blogger for InStyle for two years and is currently a Senior Staff Writer at Southern Living. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on December 27, 2017 @ 08:45AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Barack Obama was treated to some impromptu Christmas caroling during a holiday visit to his native Hawaii over the weekend. Windward ReSisters, a local Hawaii-based women's movement, set up shop outside the Paul Mitchell estate in Lanikai, where the Obamas were staying, and began serenading the former first family on their inaugural Christmas since leaving office. “We got our group together on Saturday and went with our pussy hats and Santa hats and proceeded to Christmas carol in front of the estate,” group member Darlene Mandel told People. “We sounded terrible,” she joked. In the end it paid off, and at one point Obama snuck out from the holiday party he was hosting to mingle with the carolers. Darlene Mandel/Pantsuit Nation “After about 10 minutes, he came out with three Secret Service agents and I was ready with my trusty camera,” Mandel noted. The former POTUS shook hands with several of the women and hugged one. “He was joking because my girlfriend spilled champagne on him," Mandel added. "It was short and sweet and made our Christmas.” Darlene Mandel/Pantsuit Nation Mandel shared photos and a video from the run-in on the private Facebook group Pantsuit Nation. The video shows Obama laughing and chatting with the merrymakers, and even chiming in for a few lines of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” “I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas,” he added before heading back inside. Consider our Christmases made!