Hawaii and Hokkaido Formalize Sister-State AgreementPosted on May 26, 2017 in DBEDT, Gov. Harumi Takahashi, Governor David Ige, Hawaii State, Hokkaido Prefecture, News, Sister States
The evening of Monday, May 8, 2017, marked the culmination of several months of long discussions, meetings and planning, when the sister-state relationship between the State of Hawaii and Hokkaido Prefecture was officially realized.
Over 400 guests were greeted by the extremely energetic Hokkaido Intercultural and Technology High School Brass Band, performing first Bruno Mars, then the Star-Spangled Banner and Kimi Ga Yo, the Japanese national anthem.
Agreements in English and Japanese were signed by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi, and by House Speaker Scott Saiki, Senate President Ron Kouchi and Hokkaido Assembly Speaker Ren Endou.
In addition to a buffet of delicious Hawaiian food, guests were treated to samples of Hokkaido specialties supplied by various restaurants in Honolulu that offer Hokkaido tastes.
The evening was concluded with performances by a number of Hokkaido bands, including a group performing the music and dance of the indigenous Ainu people.
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