HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A presidential visit -- not a high-flying dunk nor a buzzer beater -- was the top highlight for the opening day of the Diamond Head Classic basketball tourney.
President Obama and the First Family attracted cheers when they took their seats for a first-round match-up between Oregon State and Akron. The commander-in-chief's brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the head coach of Oregon State.
"Definitely excited," said UH Athletic Director Ben Jay. "It's a great treat to have the President of the United States for an event here."
President Obama attended the game with First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and mother-in-law Marian Robinson. Longtime friend Bobby Titcomb also was seated next to the president.
His security detail included his Secret Service entourage as well as dozens of Honolulu Police officers.
Several police dogs also guarded the premises and fans had to be screened by metal detectors and their belongings searched.
"We had to go through extensive security checks but it was alright," said Chico, Calif.-resident Andrea Jones, whose brother is on the Oregon State team.
"I had a purse with me and the Secret Service was thumbing through to make sure it was clear and everything."
Iowa resident Wade Weaver said the added security wasn't a hassles.
"They just check your bags and they check your pockets and it's nothing we haven't done before," he said.
Added Aiea resident Twyla Chun: "We didn't have to take our shoes off. I think there was no problem with it at all."
Oregon State lost to Akron, 83 to 71. But it has University of Hawaii officials thinking about putting the Beavers its basketball schedule in the future.
"I would love to have this as a tradition. It would be great to have the president at the house anytime," Jay said.