HONOLULU (KHON2) — First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) Jill Biden arrived in Honolulu on Saturday, July 24. She will be in town for about 24 hours to make several appearances.
This is Jill Biden’s first solo international trip since becoming the first lady. Her mission, while she is in Hawaii, is to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Executive One Foxtrot touched down just before 1 p.m. Saturday, carrying FLOTUS for the third and final leg of her trip.
“I’m so excited to be here in your beautiful state,” Jill Biden said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
Prior to her arrival, Jill Biden made a quick stop in Anchorage, Alaska to visit the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium — the state’s tribal health organization. She praised them for their vaccination efforts.
She then headed to Tokyo, Japan to take part in a special dedication for late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and Irene Hirano Inouye at the Chief of Mission Residence. The couple had a second-floor bedroom named in their honor.
“This moment really is very special to me,” Jill Biden said at the dedication. “My husband, President Biden truly loved Danny Inouye. I’m really honored to be here.”
After the ceremony, she cheered Team USA at the Olympics before departing for Hawaii.
She was greeted Saturday afternoon in Honolulu by a handful of people. No crowds were allowed into the area due to the pandemic.
Gov. David Ige and wife Dawn Ige were there along with U.S. Rep. Ed Case and late Sen. Daniel K Inouye’s son, Ken Inouye, and his family.
Jill Biden spent a few minutes chatting with Inouye and his family. She even exchanged gifts with his daughter, Maggie, before being whisked away in her motorcade.
“As far as I’m concerned this day was less about me than it is about Maggie,” Inouye said. “Cause I always work very hard to try to make it such that she has opportunities to meet as many positive, strong, female role models as possible–so this definitely fit the bill.”
“We’re excited about the First Lady being here,” Gov. Ige said. “The Biden administration has brought so much energy to the presidency. The more people sharing the message of how safe and effective the vaccines are, I think the further we can go.”
FLOTUS plans to visit a vaccination clinic at Waipahu High School on Sunday, July 25, before heading to a barbeque at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with military families.