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(Fri., Sept. 16, 2011)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today thanked representatives from Zhongshan, China for three colorful new Dragon Boats donated to the City and County of Honolulu.


Honolulu’s annual Dragon Boat races have become an exciting tradition, and this generous gift will help ensure the fun continues,” said Carlisle. “We’re very grateful to our friends from Zhongshan.”


Zhongshan Vice-Mayor Yin Zhaoju joined Carlisle for a ceremony outside Honolulu Hale today to present the beautiful new boats, which include carved dragon heads mounted on the bows. Each boat can carry a crew of 16 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and steersman.


Zhongshan is among Honolulu’s 27 sister-cities throughout the world. A delegation from The People’s Municipal Government of Zhongshan attended the Inaugural Counties of Hawaii Sister-Cities Summit in Honolulu this week, which welcomed more than 150 delegates from 14 international cities.


Annual Dragon Boat races have been held in Honolulu for the past 15 years. The most recent races were held in July as part of a two-day Dragon Boat Festival at Ala Moana Beach Park.


The three new boats meet International Dragon Boat Federation standards and are together valued at approximately $10,000.





Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.