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ハワイ島のリリウオカラニ公園での姉妹都市20周年記念植樹式典

2016.03.25 (Fri)

植樹式

ハワイ郡と湯梨浜町は平成8年に姉妹都市提携を結び、中学生の相互ホームステイ事業や文化交流を中心にさまざまな事業を通じて友好親善を図っています。今年で姉妹都市提携20周年を迎え、ハワイ島のヒロ湾に接するリリウオカラニ公園という日本庭園での姉妹都市20周年記念植樹式典が平成28年2月18日(木)に行われました。

リリウオカラニ庭園

ハワイ郡長 ビリー・ケノイ氏と湯梨浜町長 宮脇正道氏を始め、両市の議会や商工会議所を含む関係者が列席しました。とても素敵な式典で、黒松の成長とともに、ハワイ郡と湯梨浜町との友好関係もますます親密になり、交流の輪を広げるように願っているという祝福の言葉があり、出席者は一人一人土をかけました。

ハワイ島に訪問する機会があれば、湯梨浜町の皆様も是非穏やかなリリウオカラニ公園を楽しみながら、ハワイ郡と湯梨浜町との友好関係を象徴する植えた黒松を見に行って頂ければと思います♪

Line郡長と町長

Hawaii County and Yurihama first established their sister city relationship in 1996, and have worked to develop a strong friendship through cultural exchange, a junior high school student homestay exchange program, and various other projects and events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that sister city relationship, and as part of the celebrations a commemorative tree planting ceremony was held on Thursday, February 18th, 2016, at Liliuokalani Gardens, which is a Japanese-style garden off of the island of Hawaii’s Hilo Bay.

The ceremony was attended by Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawak黒松1i, as well as representatives from both Hawaii County and Yurihama’s legislative councils and chambers of commerce and industry. It was a lovely ceremony, with a blessing that as the black pine planted grows, so too would the friendship and exchange between Hawaii County and Yurihama, after which those in attendance each had the opportunity to scoop soil onto the base of the tree.

If you have the chance to visit Hilo, I hope you take the time to see this symbol of friendship between Hawaii County and Yurihama and enjoy the tranquility of Liliuokalani Gardens.

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