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What Is Honolulu City Like?
How Was the Sister City Partnership Established?
Exchange Programs with Honolulu City 

What Is Honolulu City Like?
 Honolulu is the capital city of the State of Hawaii, the 50th State of the U.S.A. While it is the hub of Hawaii’s politics and economy, the city is also a world-renowned resort, attracting many tourists from all over the world. Waikiki Beach with its view of Diamond Head is a familiar landscape for everyone.
Basic information about Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu in particular

Population: Approximately 905,000 -Oahu and the neighboring islands (as of July 2007)
○ Official Languages: English and Hawaiian
○ Major Industry: Tourism
○ Major Annual Events in Honolulu: Honolulu Festival (March), Pan-Pacific Festival Matsuri in Hawaii (June), Aloha Festival (September), and Honolulu Marathon (December)
○ Temperature and Climate: The climate is mild, with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, and without major temperature swings throughout the year. With its trade winds, Hawaii is quite nice and comfortable even in summer if you rest in shady areas and avoid direct sunlight.
 The State of Hawaii is known as the Rainbow State because of the frequent appearances of rainbows after occasional showers.

○ Time Difference between Hawaii and Japan: -19 hours
○ Required Flight Time between Hawaii and Japan: About 7 – 8 hours


How Was the Sister City Partnership Established?
 The Progress of Developing Bonds of Friendship between the Cities of Nagaoka and Honolulu

 The cities of Honolulu and Nagaoka have deep ties in terms of history. Nagaoka is the hometown of Isoroku Yamamoto, who was responsible for the Pearl Harbor attack that triggered the outbreak of the war between Japan and the U.S.A. During the Pacific War, Honolulu and Nagaoka were both seriously damaged: Honolulu by the Pearl Harbor attack and Nagaoka by an air raid. Therefore, the people of both cities share the strong desire for the pursuit of peace since we both lost many precious lives during the war and both experienced the misery of war devastation.

 In August 2007, Mayor Tamio Mori of Nagaoka City attended, as vice chairman of the Japan Association of City Mayors, the Japan-US Mayors Fellowship Exchange Conference focusing on environmental issues. During his talk with Mayor Mufi Hannemann of the City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Mori expressed that he came from the hometown of Isoroku Yamamoto, who commanded the Pearl Harbor attack. Mayor Mori further explained that Yamamoto unwillingly commanded the attack despite his personal objections against the outbreak of war and only did so because the Japanese Imperial Government appointed him Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

 Furthermore, Mayor Mori stressed that deepening mutual understanding between our cities could contribute to the further promotion of friendly relations between Japan and the U.S.A. Then, he proposed an idea to develop the bonds of friendship between the citizens of our cities in the pursuit of peace. Mayor Hannemann pleasantly consented to the proposal, from which the development of ties of friendship started.

Since 2009, exchange programs between the cities of Nagaoka and Honolulu have been officially organized by the International Affairs Division of the Nagaoka City Office.

Exchange Programs with Honolulu City
Visits:
The First Nagaoka Goodwill Delegation to Honolulu
 Under the theme of the pursuit of peace, the Goodwill Civic Delegation led by Mayor Tamio Mori visited the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii in October 2008. At the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Punchbowl, the delegates presented wreaths and expressed their sincere condolences as a token of respect to the victims of the Pacific War and the Second World War.
 Also making a courtesy visit to Mayor Hannemann and hosting a social get-together with guests representing the City and County of Honolulu, the delegates had an opportunity to enlarge the circle of friends, which allowed us to take a big step forward to further develop the bonds of friendship.
The First Junior High School Student Overseas-Experience Project in Honolulu
 In March 2010, a group of 22 junior high school 2nd-graders visited Honolulu from Nagaoka. This project was conducted in place of the annual overseas-experience-visit to Fort Worth (Nagaoka’s sister city), which was canceled due to the worldwide outbreak of the new type of influenza.
The original students’ visit to Fort Worth scheduled in the fall of 2009 was postponed because we were deeply concerned about the possible spreading of the infectious decease. When the epidemic subsided, Fort Worth informed us that it was not possible for the schools in Fort Worth to accept students from Nagaoka for that year, which forced us to seek some other schools to fulfill this project within the fiscal year.
 We tried to look for a city in the U.S.A. for our students’ possible school visit and home-stay program. The first city that came to mind was the City and County of Honolulu. The reasons why Honolulu was chosen were as follows:
The cities of Honolulu and Nagaoka have special historical ties.
The cities were developing ties of friendship for the pursuit of peace between the citizens since 2008.
The students would be able to learn in detail about the history of the war and think about the significance of peace by visiting war-related historic sites in Honolulu.
 We consulted with the City and County of Honolulu about the possibility of the students’ visit to Honolulu. Then we were informed that the Japan-America Society of Hawaii would be able to arrange, based on our proposals, a school visit and home-stay program for the students, by which the first junior high school student visit to Honolulu was realized.
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