UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.
The aircraft, dubbed “Executive One Foxtrot,” carrying First lady Jill Biden landed on Hickam Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at around 12:45 p.m. today.
Biden was seen unmasked and wearing a lilac colored dress and white floral Dior shoes. She arrived about an hour later than her expected arrival time.
“I’m really looking forward to being here in your beautiful state,” she said in a brief statement to the media. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
She was gifted lei by the dignitaries who greeted her and stopped briefly to talk to each of them. In attendance were Gov. David Ige and his wife Dawn Ige; U.S. Rep. Ed Case and his wife Audrey Nakamura; Ken Inouye, the son of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and his wife Jessica Inouye and daughter Maggie Inouye; and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. John Aquilino and his wife Laura Aquilino.
Uniformed members of the Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Navy Security Forces, Honolulu Police Department, U.S. Secret Service and members of the media were also positioned on the field.
Biden left Hickam Field at 1 p.m. in a motorcade that was waiting for her.
Biden does not have any scheduled activities today, but plans to attend a vaccination clinic at Waipahu High School on Sunday to encourage the community to get vaccinated. She is expected to attend a barbecue on the base following the vaccination event.
After Biden’s motorcade departed, Ige told the media that her presence and encouragement will help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Hawaii, where it is falling amidst a spike in daily new coronavirus cases. Hawaii today recorded the 10th straight day of triple-digit infections with 258 new coronavirus cases.
“Adding her voice to all of the local voices, I think, it just adds one more powerful message to get vaccinated,” Ige said.
UPDATE: 1:05 p.m.
First lady Jill Biden arrived this afternoon at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Biden, who was seen unmasked and accompanied by Secret Service agents, was showered with lei upon arrival.
According to pool reports, she was greeted by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Ed Case and his wife Audrey Nakamura, Gov. David Ige and wife Dawn Ige and Ken Inouye, son of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.
President Joe Biden did not join the first lady on this trip.
First lady Jill Biden is expected to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 11:45 a.m. today, subject to change, after a whirlwind trip to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.
No official activities are scheduled today for the first lady in Hawaii, but on Sunday she plans to visit a vaccination clinic at Waipahu High School where she will “encourage the community to get vaccinated,” her office said.
Following the 1 p.m. visit to Waipahu High School, Biden will join military families for a barbeque at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Biden is scheduled to depart from Pearl Harbor at about 4 p.m. Sunday for her return trip to Washington, D.C.
After a refueling stopover in Anchorage, Alaska, Biden arrived in Japan Thursday on her first solo international trip as first lady, a two-day mission geared toward generating enthusiasm for the Olympics in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
She held a virtual gathering Friday with members of Team USA before meeting Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace and attending the Olympics opening ceremony in the evening.
Before departing Japan for Hawaii, Biden on Friday (Hawaii time) dedicated a room a room in the U.S. ambassador’s residence to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and his wife Irene Hirano Inouye. The senator died in 2012, and his wife died last year.
This story was compiled by Star-Advertiser staff along with reports from Nikki Schwab, senior U.S. political reporter for the Daily Mail, who is a pool reporter for first lady Jill Biden’s Japan trip.