Chigasaki City and Honolulu Establish a Formal Friendship Relationship

25 03 2014

A delegation from Chigasaki City, Kanagawa, Japan traveled to Honolulu to witness the adoption of Resolution 14-27 by the Honolulu City Council.  The resolution establishes a council friendship relationship between the Chigasaki City Assembly and the City Council of the City and County of Honolulu. It is the first step leading to a sister council relationship which will foster a legislative association between the two cities.

Both municipalities face common issues such as loss of beaches to erosion and an aging population. Chigasaki City embraces Hawaiian culture. They host the Aloha Market, which focuses on topics related to Hawaii; the Shonan Festival with the motto, “Savor Hawaiian atmosphere in Chigasaki;” and the World Invitational Hula Festival, which focuses on hula and Hawaiian culture. Chigasaki has over 100 hula halau and more than 30 surfboard shops. The Chigasaki museum also houses one of the oldest surfboards made in Hawaii from the 1920s.

Known as the “Aloha Assembly,” the Chigasaki City municipal assembly also dons aloha shirts during the summer months each year and the pace of life in Chigasaki is much like our island-lifestyle.

Council Chair Ernest Martin welcomes the opportunity to foster a legislative, cultural and educational relationship with the Chigasaki City Assembly.


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