Okinawa Governor Onaga and Hawaii State Governor Ige to make their first diplomatic visits to the sister-islands
March 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 17, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his intention to take part in the 30th anniversary ceremony of a sister-state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii. The ceremony will be held in Honolulu in July. Onaga stated, “I would like to participate and exchange opinions with Hawaii State Governor David Ige.” On that day, Onaga met and talked with President Mark Higa of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA). According to the HUOA, a delegate group from Hawaii, including Governor David Ige will visit Okinawa in October. It will be the first time Ige has visited Okinawa.
HUOA has been working on a construction plan for commercial facility Hawaii Okinawa Plaza. The revenue from the Plaza will be used for the management expense of HUOA’s operating base Hawaii Okinawa Center. HUOA is calling for Okinawans to donate towards the construction.
Onaga talked about the history of Okinawan immigrants in Hawaii and past exchanges. He said, “Every time I go to Hawaii, I feel the power of Uchinanchu. I would like to cherish the relationship of the prefecture and the State and support it.”
Thirtieth anniversary events will be held from July 9 to 12, and a ceremony will be carried out on the 11th.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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