Hawaii and Hiroshima Celebrate 20 Years of Goodwill and Active ExchangePosted on May 26, 2017 in DBEDT, Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State, Hiroshima Prefecture, News, Sister States
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; Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Mrs. Yoko Misawa; Hawaii State legislators and members from the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly; as well as business and community leaders from both Hawaii and Hiroshima.
Event participants recognized and applauded the long list of cultural and educational exchanges, as well as business activities held both in Hawaii and Hiroshima. The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity to announce the launch of the Hiroshima-Hawaii Emerging Young Business Leaders Program, which aims to “improve leadership competency and commitment” and “build cross-country relationships” for the mutual benefit of both Hawaii and Hiroshima, now and for the future.
The evening was concluded by a lively and at times emotional performance by master ukulele musician, Jake Shimabukuro. Jake’s finale included “special musical guests” Gov. Ige and Consul General Misawa, who played their rendition of “Wipeout!”.
From May 9 through May 11, Gov. Yuzaki and select delegation members also attended the Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit, co-hosted by DBEDT and the U.S.-Japan Council.
View photos of the May 7 event here:
Hiroshima Prefectural Members Welcomed to State Capitol on May 10, 2017