Sunday, January 6, 2002

U.S. House Speaker
ties up traffic on
H-1 freeway

Staff and wire reports

Town-bound traffic on the H-1 freeway at Honolulu International Airport came to a standstill for more than 20 minutes yesterday afternoon.

Police blocked traffic for a motorcade for U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., radio station KSSK reported.

A Police Department spokeswoman said the motorcade was for "a U.S. dignitary," but HPD didn't know who the dignitary was.

Hastert and other national and international dignitaries including former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone are in town for the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Also in town this week is King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga.

Sam Tong, assistant to Special Agent in Charge Albert Joaquin, said the Secret Service was providing protection for the king of Tonga, who arrived yesterday and was staying in Waikiki.

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