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The State of Hawaii Office in Taiwan opened a “Hawaii Education Service Center” in December. The center, located in the Taiwan World Trade Center as part of the State’s Office, serves as a one-stop information and counseling center for Taiwanese students interested in studying at Hawaii’s colleges, universities and high-schools. Working closely with the Study ...
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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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There are currently about 16,000 students from Vietnam pursuing degrees from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Of this amount, Hawaii attracts less than 1%. How can Hawaii increase the number of Vietnamese students that choose to study in the islands? DBEDT and representatives from the Study Hawaii Education Consortium recently met with a delegation ...
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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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Hawaii Fashion Month brought together the private sector and government to discuss the establishment of a Designer-in-Residence (DIR) Program in Hawaii fashioned after the Macy’s DIR programs in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago. Organized by DBEDT’s HI Growth Initiative that targets high-growth/high-potential entrepreneurs, the brainstorming and discussion session led by Allison Izu. Participants included Ari ...
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Hawaii Fashion Month culminated with the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Awards at The Modern Honolulu on October 30, 2013. Headlining the black-tie affair was Governor Neil Abercrombie, DBEDT Director Richard Lim, along with the movers, shakers and fashionistas of Hawaii’s fashion industry, to honor the past, present and future of the industry. The event also recognized ...
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Governor Neil Abercrombie and Richard Lim, Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) met with a delegation from Fukushima, Japan, led by Governor Yuhei Sato. Governor Sato extended much appreciation to Governor Abercrombie for the State of Hawaii’s kind message following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Hawaii ...
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Attendees of the Japan Market Seminar

The Show Must Go On!

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in News

At the 11th hour, with the federal budget crisis finally handled and the 16-day federal government shutdown ended, DBEDT and it’s partner, the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, were able to go on with the Japan Market Briefing as planned. The event had already been postponed once due to the shutdown. Hawaii companies who previously participated ...
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Speaker at the ALA Conference

Sharing Aloha at the Commissaries

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in News

As part of the “Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha” initiative, the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) was pleased to partner with the American Logistics Association (ALA) Hawaii Chapter on the 2013 ALA Conference and Local Vendor Food Show held on October 16, 2013. Nearly 70 Hawaii businesses, manufacturers and distributors participated in this ...
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