Honolulu Day Event to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Hiroshima-Honolulu Sister City Relationship

On November 5 (Thu), from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, a memorial ceremony and concert were held in the Large Hall at Aster Plaza to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Hiroshima and Honolulu. In attendance were the Mayor of Honolulu, Mr. Mufi Hannemann, and others in a group of approximately 90 visitors from Honolulu. Around 900 Hiroshima citizens attended the event, and celebrated this major milestone of fifty years, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of America and Honolulu City. Sponsors: 2009 Honolulu Day Executive Committee (comprising eight organizations - Japan-America Society of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hiroshima Hawaiian Music Club Association, Arco de Hiroshima, Hiroshima Home Television Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Big-Six Universities Baseball Federation, Hiroshima City, this Foundation).

 At the memorial ceremony, speeches were given by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor Hannemann and other guests and there was also a ceremony to present Mayor Hannemann with the title of Hiroshima City Special Honorary Citizen. This was followed by a performance of the “Song of Celebration” by the two mayors.

The Mayor of Honolulu performs “Honolulu City Lights”
University student Ms. Sarah Noyle performs a hula dance accompanied by music by Manoa DNA

 At the memorial concert that followed, there was a performance by a Hawaiian band active in Hiroshima, a dance performance by a hula dance team, a performance by the children at Honolulu’s Hokulani Elementary School, which is a sister-city school with an elementary school in Hiroshima City and who came to Hiroshima this time as members of the visiting delegation, a song by a popular second-generation Japanese family music group who are popular in Honolulu, and an authentic hula dance performance by dancers studying hula at a Honolulu university. The performances all excited the audience.

 At the ending, all participants sang the work song “Holehole-bushi”, which was sung by those who emigrated to Hawaii, thinking back over the many years of exchange between Hiroshima City and Hawaii’s Honolulu City.

(International Relations and Cooperation Division)

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