International Relations

Hawaii exhibitors reported increased sales at the 2013 Tokyo International Gift Show. The Hawaii Pavilion was a feast for the senses as 42 Hawaii companies showcased their attractive Hawaii made products to over 200,000 industry buyers in last September’s Tokyo International Gift Show. The Hawaii Pavilion was organized by DBEDT, with funding support from a ...
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Honolulu – On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) co-hosted the 2014 Hawaii Small Business Spring Fair, “Launch Your Dreams Into Reality” at Leeward Community College in Pearl City. The free one-day event featured more than 30 workshops and exhibits from Federal, State and local agencies and participating ...
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Once again the State of Hawaii will participate in the BIO International Convention. This event brings thousands of life science leaders from 60+ countries together for one week of intensive, networking activities where new opportunities are identified and promising partnerships begin. This year BIO will take place from June 23-26, 2014 in San Diego. DBEDT ...
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DBEDT has appointed Gordon Zhang as the new Executive Director of the Beijing Office. He will lead the State’s effort in China to increase the number of international students studying at Hawaii’s colleges and universities, and high-schools. He recently opened the State’s “Education Services Center” at the Beijing Office. Gordon has 12 years of experience ...
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2015 will mark the 30th Anniversary of Hawaii’s sister-state relationship with Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawa Prefecture and Hawaii United Okinawa Association officials visited recently with DBEDT Director Richard Lim (far left) and Sen. Brian Taniguchi (center) to discuss plans. Since sisterhood, many educational, business and cultural exchanges have taken place between the two jurisdictions. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu ...
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Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, January 22, 2014 – ‘IOLANI, one of Hawaii’s oldest aloha shirt makers, announced at the Japan Fashion Week International Fashion Fair in Odaiba that the new ‘IOLANI Hawaiian Classics collection will be available in UNIQLO stores worldwide starting May 2014. “‘IOLANI Hawaiian Classics,” part of UNIQLO’s 2014 spring and summer collection, ...
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Tokyo Big Sight, Japan January 22-24, 2014 A diverse and dynamic group of 17 of Hawaii’s most creative designers will converge in Tokyo to showcase their trendsetting Hawaii-made fashion and accessories to the Asia-Pacific market. DBEDT’s “Hawaii Pavilion” at the 2014 JFW International Fashion Fair in Tokyo will attract over 26,000 international buyers and industry ...
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Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui hosted Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura and over 300 visitors representing officials from Ehime Prefectural Government, Uwajima City, Hawaii and Ehime youth baseball teams and parents, and Hawaii’s legislative leaders to the 10th Anniversary Sister-State Reception at Washington Place on November 22, 2013. Following the reaffirmation signing of the Hawaii-Ehime Sister State ...
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Governor Neil Abercrombie and Governor Tokihiro Nakamura of Ehime Prefecture reaffirmed the Hawaii-Ehime Sister State agreement to mark the 10th anniversary of the special relationship that was initiated by DBEDT and established in 2003. “The Sister-State reaffirmation signing will formalize the furthering of relationships between the State of Hawaii and Ehime Prefecture in the areas ...
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DBEDT’s Business Development & Support Division, along with Bank of Hawaii, hosted a delegation from the Consulate General of Vietnam to discuss trade and investment opportunities between Vietnam and Hawaii. Pictured from left to right are Betty Brow, Executive VP of Bankoh and President of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce; Richard Lim, Director of ...
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