Hawai‘i state Department of Education superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Hiroshima Prefecture superintendent Kuniaki Shimozaki signed a Statement of Intent on Education Cooperation on May 27 at Washington Place. The ceremony was attended by First lady Dawn Amano Ige, Consul General Yasushi Misawa, Sen. Brian Taniguchi and Wayne Miyao, president of the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.
The signing ceremony coincided with U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima that same day.
In 1959, Hawai‘i and Hiroshima became sister-cities. Since then, 11 high schools in Hawai‘i have established sister-school relationships with Hiroshima schools. They are ‘Aiea (Inokuchi High), Moanalua (Kokutaiji High), Roosevelt (Yasunishi High), Kalani (Koyo High), Kalaheo (Otake High), Campbell (Sogo Gijutsu High), Kaiser (Kannabe Asahi High), Mililani (Fuchu High), Waipahu (Fukuyama Iyo High), Kapolei (Fushi Higashi High) and Honoka‘a (Kake High).
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