The County of Maui and the city of Fukuyama, Japan, celebrated their fourth anniversary as Sister Cities with a rose planting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Kalana O Maui lawn. This was the fourth rose planted to signify the fourth year of the sister city relationship.
Entertainment was provided by the University of Hawaii Maui College Hawaiian Music Institute and Halau Hula O Keola Ali'i O Kekai.
The Fukuyama delegation includes the Deputy Mayor Keisen Hori and staff, the Fukuyama City Assembly Chairman Shigehiro Kobayashi and assemblymen. The group is spending time on Maui - together with the Fukuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the members of the Fukuyama Senior Citizens Association - to participate in the Maui County Fair Parade and to learn more about Maui's infrastructure.
Fukuyama City Assembly Chairman Shigehiro Kobayashi (from left), Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo, Fukuyama Deputy Mayor Keisen Hori and Mayor Alan Arakawa participate in a rose planting ceremony in front of the Ka Lana O Maui building in Wailuku on Sept. 26.
County of Maui / Ryan Piros photo
Maui County has established a total of 25 Sister Cities relationships and recently went on a trade mission to Asia this summer.