Obama and his family had a small service before spreading his grandmother's ashes along the Hawaiian shoreline, at the same location the President-Elect scattered his mother's ashes over a decade ago.
Madelyn Dunham, the woman Obama called "the rock" of his family, died just days before her grandson was elected the first African-American President of the United States. The President-Elect took time off the campaign trail just days before the election to visit the bedside of his dying grandmother to say good-bye. After a long battle with cancer, Madelyn Dunham died at the age of 86-years-old. While she was not able to see her grandson elected president, she was able to vote for him.
President-Elect Obama is spending Christmas in Hawaii with his family and will continue preparations for his transition and inauguration on January 20th.