Sister States

HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii and Goa, India, signed an agreement to enter into a sister-state relationship today. Gov. David Y. Ige, signed a historic agreement with delegates from Goa, a state in India, which is Hawaii’s first sister-state relationship with a jurisdiction in India. The Director of Art and Culture, Gurudas Pilarnekar, signed ...
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The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) welcomed high school and college students from Chitose, Hokkaido on January 11, 2018. The visit was the first for the organizers, the Chitose International Communication Society. The delegation was led by Hokkaido Prefectural Government’s Assembly representative. “This visit is a direct result of the Hawaii-Hokkaido Sister-State/Prefecture ...
Read More DBEDT Welcomes Hokkaido School Delegation From Chitose City

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 ...
Read More Hawaii Honors 30th Anniversary Sister-State Relationship at Washington Place

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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