The Maui County Sister City Foundation was formed in 1964 with the acceptance of our first sister city of Hachijo Island, Tokyo, Japan.
The purpose of the foundation is to foster economic, cultural and educational exchanges with receptive foreign municipalities all over the world.
To date, Maui County is engaged in relationship activities with 23 cities in Europe, the Pacific islands, China, the Philippines, Japan and South America These associations allow our islands to showcase the diversity, beauty and uniqueness of Maui nui and Hawaiiana.
During the week of Sept. 24, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting a government delegation from Fukuyama City, Japan. They were so kind and enthusiastic about everything Maui, they all expressed the hope that they may return in the not-too-distant future. And, of course, they extended a sincere invitation to visit their city.
We made good friends. These interactions are so important in building solid connections, meaningful communication and the opportunity to learn about societies crucial in our sometimes volatile world.
I would like to thank the Mayor's Office, the County Council and especially board members Stephanie Ohigashi and Alvin Tagomori for the countless volunteer hours in planning and coordinating. Keep up the good work.
Morris Haole Jr.