Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

Governor Takeshi Onaga and Governor David Ige encourage Okinawa-Hawaii cultural exchange

Governor of Hawaii David Ige (left) and Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga (right) shake hands warmly at their meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii at 9 a.m. on May 9.


May 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome in Honolulu, Hawaii

An Okinawan team promoting the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October, headed by Governor Takeshi Onaga, is traveling to two countries and four cities in North America to encourage attendance for the festival. At 2 p.m. on May 9 (9 a.m. on May 10 Japan time), the team requested that David Ige, who is the Governor of Hawaii and a 3rd generation Okinawan-American, attend the festival. Governor Ige replied that he expects he will somehow be able to attend, and hopes to confirm his attendance later.

Governor Ige requested high attendance from Okinawans at the 2016 VEX Pan Pacific Robotics Competition that will open in Hawaii on October 7, saying that it will be an opportunity for cultural exchange between students in Okinawa and Hawaii. Okinawa’s Governor Onaga replied that he wants as many Okinawans as possible to be able to attend the contest.

At the 30th anniversary ceremony of the sister state affiliation between Okinawa and Hawaii in October last year, Governor Onaga wore a Hawaiian shirt that Governor Ige had given him as a gift. He wore the same shirt once again at their May 9 meeting.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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