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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      August 3, 2012

 

MAYOR CARLISLE WELCOMES SISTER-CITY DELEGATION FROM KAOHSIUNG

 

(Fri., Aug. 3, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today welcomed to Honolulu a delegation from Kaohsiung City, Republic of China (Taiwan) to commemorate fifty years of sister-city ties and sign a reaffirmation agreement.

 

“The City and County of Honolulu is very proud of our half-century of friendship with Kaohsiung,” Carlisle said. “Leaders and citizens of both cities have developed and nurtured a strong partnership through economic, cultural and social exchanges.”

The reaffirmation agreement signed by Carlisle and Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Liu Shih-Fang renewed the cities’ commitment to the ideals of friendship and mutual respect that first established the sister-city relationship in September of 1962.

 

To celebrate, the City will present a special Aloha Concert tomorrow (Sat., Aug. 4, 2012) from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, featuring performances by I-Bei Lin, University of Hawaii Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music; pianist Eric Wu; the Ka-Im Choir performing Taiwanese songs; Hula and Hawaiian music; and The World Games Tai-Zi group, performing the Techno Prince Nezha dance. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

A special photo exhibit featuring the work of artists from The Eyes of Honolulu Photographic Club and The Photographic Association of Kaohsiung will be on display at Honolulu Hale’s Lane Gallery and 3rd Floor Gallery through August 19.

 

Kaohsiung was the fourth of 28 cities to officially become sisters of Honolulu. Over the years, Kaohsiung has presented Honolulu with important symbols of friendship and historical ties, including the pair of marble lucky lions at Hotel and Bethel streets, the bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen located at the Sun Yat-sen mall, and several dragon boats.

 

Carlisle and a delegation from Honolulu met with officials in Kaohsiung last year to discuss infrastructure and economic development issues.

 

 

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