Buzz has surrounded former President Bill Clinton's visit to Oahu. He served as the keynote speaker at the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. He also made time to visit with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and meet with five of its staffers, including Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson. He toured the Hokulea, which returned to Hawaii last month after completing a three-year journey around the globe.
He even time to make a stop in the Ward Village neighborhood, dining at world-famous Nobu on the bottom floor of Waiea luxury condo tower. On Saturday night, local resident and reporter Duane Shimogawa reported spotting President Clinton dining with Governor John Waihee and his wife.
The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was seen on Oahu this weekend giving a speech, dining at a presidential favorite spot, and touring the Hokulea.
The former commander-in-chief first addressed a crowd of about 3,000 people at UH Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center Saturday. Clinton was the keynote speaker of the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. Clinton's speech reportedly lasted nearly two and a half hours long.
Later in the evening, Clinton was spotted dining at Nobu in the Ward area with former governor John Waihee and his wife.
"I heard his unmistakable voice when he walked in and then when I turned to see him, whatta you know, it's President Clinton," restaurant customer Duane Shimogawa told Hawaii News Now via text.
Nobu is a favorite eatery of another former president, Barack Obama, who has dined at the restaurant both in and out of office during his trips to Hawaii.
Clinton was at the restaurant for a few hours with a light presence of Secret Service agents. Wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea were not in attendance.
Restaurant employees tell Hawaii News Now Clinton ordered an array of food that includes menu items yellow tail jalapeno, sashimi salad, black cod, beef tobenyaki and shrimp tempura.
As far as attire goes, former President Clinton reportedly wore an aloha shirt under his coat.
Shimogawa said he seemed "very happy" as he talked with several people, and paused for a photo with at least one man.
On Sunday, the Polynesian Voyaging Society confirmed Clinton toured the Hokulea with five of his staffers, and Waihee. PVS said it was Waihee's suggestion for Clinton to tour the respected wa'a.
It's unclear how long the former president will be in the islands.