This Aloha Friday will be a busy one for APEC arrivals. The leaders of the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Russia, Canada and Mexico are among the high profile heads of state who will make their way to Hawaii for the Summit today. Our Ramsay Wharton will be at Joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bringing us live coverage throughout Sunrise.
The steady stream of VIP arrivals means more traffic delays. Yesterday, we saw the backlog caused by the closure of H-1 while Chinese President Hu Jintao's motorcade left the base. Today, keep in mind that there are multiple motorcades, and tightened security. Already, there are checkpoints for all vehicles travelling into Waikiki via Ala Moana Boulevard. Taizo will keep an eye on the roads and bring us traffic updates every 10 minutes. I've posted the full list of restrictions we know about at the bottom of this email.
We'll carry the APEC briefing from the City live this morning at 6:15 on Sunrise to hear more about changes today. You'll find a comprehensive list of restrictions and closures on our website.
Look for live coverage tonight on Hawaii News Now as President Obama returns home. He's expected around 10:30 PM. Before then, he's marking veterans day with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Sunrise will carry that live for you this morning. Next stop for the Obamas? San Diego for an historic NCAA basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson. That's the same navy ship that carried Osama bin Laden's body for its burial at sea.
On tap for APEC today: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss the economy at the CEO summit. President Aquino of the Philippines will also give a speech.
We're also following the helicopter crash on Molokai that killed five people. Lisa Kubota is on Maui and will call in with live reports.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is laughing off his own brain lapse at Wednesday night's GOP Presidential debate. He appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to read the top ten list "Top Ten Excused by Rick Perry. Here's one to get you started. Number ten: There are 3 things. 1. Nerves. 2. Headaches. 3. Um, uh. Oops. For the rest of the list, you'll have to join us for Sunrise.
Aloha and Happy Veterans Day!