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SISTER-CITIES

Longstanding Sister City program (since 1959) with 26 established Sister City relationships with cities around the world that share a direct historical, cultural, or ethnic connection with the people of Honolulu.  Sister city programs can have a significant direct economic impact through increased international visitors' spending, business growth via foreign direct investments, additional sales, company expansions, new local jobs, and training programs and exchange students.  In addition, involving businesses can generate numerous benefits such as business contacts, gateways into new markets and product lines, giving local businesses a competitive edge, reducing fees in business negotiations, attracting foreign-fee-paying students, facilitating knowledge/technology sharing and joint research.

  • Continue to support and manage existing Sister Cities relationships.
  • Formation of Sister Cities Advisory Committee to strengthen economic development and communication between sisters and Honolulu.
  • Mayor to visit sister cities in 2011 to strengthen economic development opportunities.
    • Seoul & Incheon, Korea.
    • Kaoshiung, Taiwan.
    • Zhongshan, Qinhuangdao, China.
  • Support 2011 Anniversary of Modern China (Dr. Sun Yat-sen) multiple events and exhibits.
  • Develop Bruyeres 50th Anniversary event October 2011.
  • Philippines Trade Mission (early 2012).

No.

Sister-City

Date of Council Resolution

1

Baguio, Philippines

November 3, 1995

2

Baku, Ajerbaijan

August 5, 1998

3

Bombay, India

January 20, 1970

4

Bruyeres, France

November 1, 1960

5

Caracas, Venezuela

January 27, 1999

6

Cebu, Philippines

December 6, 1990

7

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

September 19, 1979

8

Hainan Island, China

February 27, 1985

9

Hiroshima, Japan

May 19, 1959

10

Hue, Vietnam

November 3, 1995

11

Incheon, Republic of Korea

October 15, 2003

12

Kaoshiung, Taiwan

September 4, 1962

13

Laoag City , Philippines

July 15, 1969

14

Majuro Atoll, Marshal Islands

December 16, 2009

15

Manila, Philippines

March 19, 1980

16

Mombasa, Kenya

August 9, 2000

17

Naha, Okinawa

March 18, 1960

18

Rabat, Morocco

March 9, 2007

19

San Juan, Puerto Rico

November 20, 1985

20

Seoul, Korea

May 20, 1973

21

Sintra, Portugal

August 5, 1998

22

Tokyo, Japan

December 8, 1960

23

Qinhuangdao, China

May 5, 2010

24

Uwajima, Japan

February 18, 2004

25

Vigan, Philippines

March 19, 2003

26

Zhongshan, China

June 18, 1997

  • New Sister Cities
    • Chengdu, China Resolution to be completed in April 2011.  Visit by Mayor and delegation to Chengdu planned for June 2011 with reciprocal visit by Chengdu delegation in September 2011 in conjunction with the Sister Cities Summit.
  • Sister Cities Summit Sept 2011
    In conjunction with Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo (Sept 12-15), hosting Sister Cities Summit to create an environment conducive for promoting cultural and business exchanges with a focus on developing economic opportunities among summit participants from Hawaii and around the world.
    • 4-County New Sister Cities signing ceremony.
    • Sister Cities Reception.
    • Sister Cities panel sessions.
    • Sister Cities exhibit area/reception.
    • Participants of the Summit would be invited to participate in all APCESE activities as well.
 
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