HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the first dignitary to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning. Gillard - took part in Hawaii Veterans Day ceremonies and an afternoon summit discussion. As the Aussie motorcade departed, security remained tight.
Then Philippine President Benigno Aquino arrived on his first visit to the islands. He was greeted by the Assistant Chief of Protocol for Diplomatic Affairs, Gladys Boluda and Major General Jon Randy Shasteen from the Pacific Air Forces command. The Consul General in Honolulu, Leoncio Cardenas, and Deputy Consul General, Paul Cortes were also in attendance to greet him.
A U.S. State Department official says neither the Office of Governor for Hawaii or the Honolulu Mayor's office will take part in the APEC arrival greetings due to the challenges of multiple arrivals, instead Heads of State will receive lei and aloha throughout the summit.
But Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera was the lucky one. Pinera, who's expected to speak on technology and the economy tomorrow, received a lei by someone in the greeting party as he made his way to the motorcade.
Then His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam arrived. Hassanal Bolkiah, who's not only the Head of State but also Prime Minister, is expected to urge support for a free trade area in Asia-Pacific.
The morning's final arrival belonged to Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev. The leader will deliver closing remarks at the APEC CEO Summit tomorrow night.
He'll also meet with President Barak Obama to discuss Russia's efforts to join the World Trade Organization. Medvedev's motorcade was the only one that temporarily shut down a portion of the H1 Freeway for about 15 minutes.
Drivers should expect more traffic delays when the dignitaries leave on Sunday and Monday.
To listen to messages from the world leaders attending the CEO Summit and their agenda check out the APEC website: http://apec2011ceosummit.com/