Gov. Ige Welcomes over 100 Delegates from Fukuoka for 35th AnniversaryPosted on Jan 27, 2017 in Governor Ige, Japan, News, Sister States
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 Souki and Senate President Ronald Kouchi and Hawaii State Legislators, the Fukuoka delegates also attended the Opening Day of the State Legislature. Governor Ogawa and Speaker Nakao were recognized in Senate and House Chambers, with other Fukuoka legislators being introduced from the gallery.
The highlight of the week was a reception at Washington Place hosted by Governor and Mrs. Ige and the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kail. Fukuoka is the first sister-state of Hawaii, and vice-versa, so to celebrate the effort in creating and maintaining this sister-state relationship, a few key persons from both Fukuoka and Hawaii were recognized by Governors Ige and Ogawa.
Click through photos of the event: