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HONOLULU-HIROSHIMA SISTER-CITY EVENTS CONTINUE THIS WEEK
(Tuesday, July 7, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann today thanked the delegation from
“It’s very important for us to continue and strengthen this important relationship with the people of
To highlight the 50th anniversary, Hannemann held a Commemorative Signing Ceremony yesterday in the Honolulu Hale courtyard with Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima, Honolulu City Council Chairman Todd Apo, Hiroshima Council Chairman Hiroyuki Fujita and other members of each city’s legislative body, a delegation of government and community leaders from Hiroshima, and members of the 50th Anniversary Honolulu-Hiroshima Sister-City Committee.
“Today, as we celebrate this milestone of 50 years of sister-city relations, we open a new chapter in the relationship between
Hannemann noted that an estimated one third of the Japanese immigrants who came to work on Hawaii’s sugar plantations in the 1800s came from the Hiroshima area, and that the people of Hiroshima celebrate Honolulu Day each November. A delegation from
Hannemann will lead a delegation to
Other events this week organized by the 50th Anniversary Honolulu-Hiroshima Sister-City Committee include a photo exhibit and cultural booths at Windward Mall through tomorrow; a cultural performance at
Members of the 50th Anniversary Honolulu-Hiroshima Sister-City Committee are:
Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Honorary Chair; Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Honorary Chair; Wanye Miyao, Chairman; and Directors Ben Fukumoto, Wayne Ishihara, Michael Leineweber, Gary Okino, Russell Okata, Kenneth Saiki, Donald Takaki, Brian Taniguchi, Jo Anne Trask, Misa Uyehara, and Ryan Yamane.
Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928