Photo of ‘Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro plays “Wipe Out” with Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Gov. David Ige.
‘Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro plays “Wipe Out” with Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Gov. David Ige.

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.

The Hawai‘i-Hiroshima sister-state relationship was established on May 30, 1997. Wayne Miyao was selected to chair the committee, which was charged with planning events and activities relating to the relationship. Miyao and vice chair Brian Taniguchi decided to focus the committee’s activities around business and economic development, culture and arts, education, athletics and peace.

“We have benefitted tremendously from this relationship,” Miyao said, noting that fruits from the relationship are already being realized. On their visit marking the 20th anniversary, HHKK members took the Hiroshima delegation to the Valor in the Pacific Monument to see the Sadako Sasaki crane, which was folded by Sadako herself before she died. Sadako’s brother donated to the crane to the monument.

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