First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Honolulu on Saturday after cheering on Team U.S.A at the Tokyo Olympics the week before. Executive One Foxtrot landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 12:52 p.m., where Dr. Biden was greeted and lei‘d by Admiral John C. Aquilino, Rep. Ed Case, Gov. David Ige, Dawn Ige and the Inouye family.
“I’m really looking forward to being here in your beautiful state. I’m really looking forward to it,” Dr. Biden said as she was walking to her motorcade.
Dr. Biden arrived at Waipahu High School on Sunday, where about 20 Trump supporters were gathered with signs saying, “All Lives Matter” and “No Shots For Tots.” Two demonstrators carried signs protesting the Cuban economic crisis.
Entering from a different door than planned, Dr. Biden walked into the vaccination site being held in the highschool’s gym. Dr. Biden watched a vaccine being administered before making remarks to the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Governor Ige and teachers of Waipahu High School.
“I know you're just as excited as I am for those clean whiteboards and freshly waxed floors and the best of all the bright faces of our students in person, right?” Dr. Biden said. “But before we start this year, I want to thank you for all you did last year.”
Dr. Biden then began urging the crowd to get vaccinated. “Hawai‘i has done a fantastic job of getting shots in arms. But we’re not done yet,” she said.
“There are still far too many people who aren’t vaccinated. And that’s why I wanted to spend this time with you today. Because Hawai‘i, your lives and your health matter to the President and to me,” Dr. Biden said.
Dr. Biden made her last stop to a barbecue with military families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at around 3:00 p.m. As she thanked military spouses in her speech, she mentioned her late stepson Beau Biden, who served in the Delaware Army National Guard.
Dr. Biden’s motorcade departed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 3:53 p.m. and arrived back at the White House the next morning.