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  • Hawaii’s Sister-States

    DBEDT and its Office of International Affairs (OIA)* has established close working relationships with foreign governments and non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and national organizations. These relationships serve to raise Hawaii’s profile internationally, attract dynamic cooperative programs and stimulate Hawaii’s economy. Many of these projects fall under OIA’s Sister-State programs.

    * Formerly known as the “Office of International Relations (OIR).

    Sister-States Policy

    In 1993, the then Office of International Relations recognized that, in establishing sister relationships, economic benefit should be co-equal to the “historic purposes of friendship, cultural ties, and goodwill. Consequently any Sister-State relationship must provide for clear economic benefits.” Hawaii’s Sister-State Policy was based on the following criteria:

    • Strong evidence of interest by the potential Sister-State.
    • Clear prospects for mutual economic advantage.
    • Substantial grassroots support for the relationship.
    • A strong record of activities.
    • Potential for expanded cultural, educational and government exchanges.

    The report went on to state that:

    • Sister-State relationships are partnerships between governments, but require active and ongoing participation by the private sector to sustain the relationship.
    • Because the State’s capacity to manage Sister-State relationships is finite, a means of terminating moribund or defunct relationships should be provided for.

    Sister-States Process

    The Office of International Affairs outlined a process for establishing a Sister-State relationship.

    • A detailed application form will be provided after initial consultation with DBEDT/OIA regarding a proposed relationship. The form to be filled out by proposer will include questions on such areas as geography, economic structure, cultural resources, primary industries, foreign trade and business, and sports.
    • OIA makes a preliminary review and develop a recommendation to the Governor.
    • The Governor reviews the recommendation and either holds the recommendation or forwards it to the Legislature.
    • The Legislature adopts a concurrent resolution which authorizes the Governor to enter into an agreement with the prospective Sister-State.
    • OIA and the prospective sister develop the mechanics and language of the agreement and subsequent program of cooperation.

     

    Sister States

    Country and Area

    Province/Prefecture

     Year Established

    China

    Guangdong

    1985

     

    Hainan

    1992

    Indonesia

    Bali

    2014

    Japan

    Fukuoka

    1981

     

    Okinawa

    1985

     

    Hiroshima

    1997

     

    Ehime

    2003

    Korea

    Jeju

    1986

    Morrocco

    Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer

    2011

    Philippines

    Ilocos Sur

    1985

     

    Cebu

    1996

     

    Pangasinan

    2002

     

    Ilocos Norte

    2005

     

    Isabela

    2006

    Portugal

    Azores Islands

    1982

    Taiwan

    Taiwan

    1993

        

    County Sisters

    Country and Area

    City

    County (in Hawaii)

    Australia

    Tasmania

    Hawaii County

     

    Cooktown, Queensland

    Kauai County

    Azerbaijan

    Baku City (1998)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Chile

    La Serena

    Hawaii County

     

    Rapa Nui

    Maui County

    China

    Hainan Province (1985)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Quinhuangdao, Hebei

    Kauai County

     

    Sanya County, Hainan Province (1998)

    Maui County

     

    Zhongshan, Guangdong Province

    City & County of Honolulu

    England

    Whitby, England

    Kauai County

    France

    Albi

    Maui County

     

    Bruyeres (1960)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Papaenoo, French Polynesia

    Kauai County

    India

    Mumbai (Bombay) (1970)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Japan

    Hachijo Island

    Maui County

     

    Hirara City, Miyako Island, Okinawa

    Maui County

     

    Hiroshima Prefecture (1959)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Ishigaki, Ryuku Islands

    Kauai County

     

    Moriyama City

    Kauai County

     

    Nago City, Okinawa

    Hawaii County

     

    Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, (1960)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Suo-Oshima, Yamaguchi Prefecture (1997)

    Kauai County

     

    Oshima

    Hawaii County

     

    Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture (1997)

    Hawaii County

     

    Sumoto

    Hawaii County

     

    Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture (2004)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Yurihama, Tottori Prefecture (1996)

    Hawaii County

    Kenya

    Mombasa (2000)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Korea

    Incheon (2003)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Seoul (1973)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Morocco

    Rabat (2006)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Philippines

    Bacarra, Ilocos Norte

    Maui County

     

    Bagued

    Kauai County

     

    Baguio City (1995)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Cabugao, Ilocos Sur (2005)

    Maui County

     

    Cebu City (1990)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Laoag City (1969)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Legazpi City

    Hawaii County

     

    Manila (1980)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Manila

    Maui County

     

    Puerto Princesa

    Maui County

     

    Quezon City

    Maui County

     

    Santa, Ilocos Sur (1991)

    Maui County

     

    San Juan, Ilocos Sur  (1991)

    Maui County

     

    Sarrat, Ilocos Norte (2005)

    Maui County

     

    Urdeneta, Pangasinan

    Kauai County

     

    Vigan (2003)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Zambales Province

    Maui County

    Peru

    Arequipa

    Maui County

    Portugal

    Funchal, Madeira (1979)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Funchal, Madeira

    Maui County

     

    Sao Miguel

    Maui County

     

    Sao Miguel Island

    Hawaii County

     

    Sintra (1998)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Puerto Rico

    San Juan (1985)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Saipan

    Northern Marianas Islands (2005)

    Maui County

    Scotland

    Embo, Dornach

    Maui County

    Spain

    Madrid

    Maui County

    Taiwan

    Hualien County

    Hawaii County

     

    Kaohsiung City (1962)

    City & County of Honolulu

     

    Ping Tung

    Maui County

    United States

    American Samoa

    Maui County

    Venezuela

    Caracas, Venezuela (1999)

    City & County of Honolulu

    Vietnam

    Hue (1995)

    City & County of Honolulu