Sister States

The evening of Monday, May 8, 2017, marked the culmination of several months of long discussions, meetings and planning, when the sister-state relationship between the State of Hawaii and Hokkaido Prefecture was officially realized. Over 400 guests were greeted by the extremely energetic Hokkaido Intercultural and Technology High School Brass Band, performing first Bruno Mars, ...
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On Sunday, May 7, 2017, a dinner event was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the sister-state relationship between the State of Hawaii and Hiroshima Prefecture.   Organized by the Hawaii-Hiroshima Sister-State Committee, special guests included Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano Ige; Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki from Hiroshima Prefecture; ...
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The State of Hawaii and Fukuoka Prefecture held a celebration of the 35th Anniversary of their sister-state relationship this past week, when a 100+ delegation led by Governor Hiroshi Ogawa and Assembly Speaker Masayuki Nakao arrived. The group was comprised of the governor, assembly members, and top business and community leaders from Fukuoka. Starting with official visits with Governor Ige, House Speaker Joseph ...
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The State of Hawaii and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province celebrated the 30th anniversary of its sister-state-province relationship on Friday, September 2, 2016, on the grounds of the ‘Iolani Palace.  In cooperation with the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism hosted over 200 people at a reception including Hawaii ...
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On July 10, 2015, Governor David Ige and Hawaii’s Okinawan community welcomed Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and members of his delegation to Hawaii at a colorful cultural reception at Washington Place. It was an auspicious occasion that joined together business, government and community representatives from both regions to celebrate and acknowledge Hawaii’s 30th Anniversary Sister-State ...
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Courtesy of University of Hawaii News The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) congratulates the University of Hawaiʻi, the University of the Ryukyus and Meio University on the signing of a memorandum of a understanding that proposes to  form an international network—the International Consortium for Okinawan Studies—for studying and teaching about Ryukyu and ...
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