Obama sends wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with daughter Sasha, third from right, and Malia, fourth from right sit with family members and friends during the Oregon State University versus University of Akron college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Michelle Obama's bother, Craig Robinson, is the Coach of Oregon State. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with daughter Sasha, third from right, and Malia, fourth from right sit with family members and friends during the Oregon State University versus University of Akron college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Michelle Obama's bother, Craig Robinson, is the Coach of Oregon State. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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HONOLULU — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending those celebrating Kwanzaa their hopes for a prosperous and healthy new year.

The Obamas are calling attention to Kwanzaa's seven principles, which include unity, creativity, faith and self-determination. They say each principle represents the essence of the holiday, but also represents shared values that draw Americans together.

They're sending their best wishes to families and communities in the U.S. who are coming together to light the candle holder, called a Kinara, that's used to celebrate Kwanzaa.

The seven-day African-American holiday starts Thursday.

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