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Friendship, support taking root

August 7, 2011
The Maui News

FIRST PHOTO: Yuzo Kanno, of Japan, helps plant a Japanese pine tree (matsu) Saturday morning at the Kepaniwai Park Japanese Garden. The tree was planted to honor the memory of the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It also was a symbol of friendship and support between the people of Japan and residents of Maui. Members of the Aloha Initiative program each had a chance to help plant the tree along with community members and government officials. Organizers also unveiled a plaque that will rest next to the tree. A matsu is a symbol of long life and perseverance.



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