Karleen C. Chinen
About 120 people gathered at the Waialae Country Club on May 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hawai‘i’s sister-state relationship with Hiroshima Prefecture. The group included a delegation from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government, led by Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Assembly Chair Shin Uda and former Assembly member Masao Hayashi. They were warmly greeted by Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and his wife Yoko, state Senate President Ron Kouchi and his wife Joy, state Sen. Brian Taniguchi and his wife Jan, and Hawai‘i-Hiroshima Sister-State Committee chair and Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai president Wayne Miyao and his wife Susan. Members of the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, the Waialua-Wahiawa Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and representatives of various Japanese community groups in Hawai‘i took part in the celebration, as well.