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