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Secretary Clinton arrives in Honolulu

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Michael O'hanlon Michael O'hanlon
Charles Morrison Charles Morrison

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been 25 years since a U.S. Secretary of State has come to Hawaii. It was George Schultz, in the 80's.

This time it's Hillary Clinton arriving at Hickam Air Force Base Monday afternoon.

It's the start of her 9-day trip around the Pacific.

Arriving in Honolulu in the U.S. State Department plane, Secretary Clinton starts the new year focusing on foreign policy in the Pacific.

"There is a chance that she could also help and re balance the U.S.-Japan relationship at a key moment. That may be the single most important meeting," said Michael O'hanlon of Brookings Institution.

It's a meeting that's important now that Japan has a new prime minister.

In Hawaii, where east meets west, the Secretary's mission is to make sure the U.S. remains a power player in key Asia-Pacific decisions, including economic recovery.

"That's the biggest thing that can be done for Hawaii. If the Chinese economy is moving, if the U.S. economy stabilizes, and grows again, if Japan is able to deal with new deflation rate pressures again and get its economy going again, then all that is good for the state of Hawaii," said Charles Morrison, East-West Center President.

East-West Center in Manoa is where Secretary Clinton will deliver her policy address.

Here is the secretary's schedule:

At 8:30 a.m., Clinton will meet with Japan's foreign minister at the Marriott Ihilani Resort. His Excellency, Katsuya Okada, wants to talk to her about relocating a U.S. base in Okinawa.

At 10:25 a.m., Clinton will head to the U.S. Pacific Command, then visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial at 11:35 a.m.

At 2:00 p.m., the Secretary will deliver her major policy address at the East-West Center to an invite-only crowd of 150 people, including Governor Linda Lingle and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Morrison says the significance of Secretary Clinton's visit is that Hawaii is the place to talk about U.S. and Asia-Pacific relations.

"Because it's halfway between Washington and the region, because of its ethnic make-up, and because it's a welcoming beautiful environment. I think maybe Barack Obama has something to do with it as well," said Morrison.

Hawaii News Now will bring live coverage of Secretary Clinton's speech on Tuesday starting at 2:00 p.m. as well as on www.HawaiiNewsNow.com.

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