“Like the Gannenmono . . . Be Bold and Adventurous As We Chart New Pathways Forward”

Irene Hirano Inouye
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Aloha . . . I am very pleased to join the distinguished speakers and special guests at this historic Gannenmono commemoration. We are especially honored that Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino have traveled to Hawai‘i to join the celebration. They have made the commemoration not only very special, but extraordinary.

I would like to congratulate the Kizuna Group, the Gannenmono Committee and the Consulate General of Hawai‘i for their hard work in organizing the commemorative events this week. Organizations and their leaders, coming together, like the Kizuna Group, is a model that I hope other communities will follow.

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