Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Honolulu city mayor confirms participation in 6th World Uchinanchu Festival

Mayor Kirk Caldwell (right) wearing the Kariyushi shirt presented by Governor Takeshi Onaga (left) on May 10, at Honolulu city government office, Hawaii.


May 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hisao Tome, Honolulu

At 11:00 a.m. on May 10, a caravan led by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited Honolulu city government to promote the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival. Onaga invited Mayor Kirk Caldwell to attend the festival. The festival will be held in October in Okinawa. The caravan will also visit Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Vancouver.

Mayor Caldwell said that he could not guarantee his attendance as the festival coincides with a mayoral race. However, he said that he would try to participate in the festival.

Honolulu and Naha entered a sister-city agreement in 1960. Governor Onaga, who previously served as the city mayor of Naha, and Caldwell affirmed their strong ties.

Onaga said, “I am deeply moved to hear Mayor Caldwell’s feelings towards Okinawa. We do hope that the mayor will take part in the festival.”

The governor presented the mayor with a Kariyushi-wear shirt. The mayor appeared once again before the members of the caravan, shortly after changing his cloth to the shirt.

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