Japan Currents: Sister State & Sister City Relationships Exploring Current Possibilities for Co

March 9, 2020

Thank you to all those who attended the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s Japan Currents Program: Sister State and Sister City Relationships: Exploring Current Possibilities for Collaboration, on March 9, 2020 at the Halekulani Hotel. We were honored to feature two prominent speakers: Mr. Shin Koyamada and Mr. Paul Yonamine. This program was made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. and the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS).

L-R: Mr. Shin Koyamada, Consul General Koichi Ito, Governor David Ige, Mrs. Misako Ito, Governor George Ariyoshi, Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi, Mr. Paul Yonamine, Ms. Reyna Kaneko, Ms. Lynda Yonamine, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Mr. Peter Kelley, Mr. Steve Sombrero (Photos by Tony Grillo)

(Left) Mr. Shin Koyamada is Co-Founder and Chairman of theKoyamada International Foundation and National BoardDirector of Sister Cities International. He is also an actor and became best known to global audiences after his co-starring debut role in the Warner Bros. blockbuster film “The Last Samurai” in 2004.

(Right) Mr. Paul Yonamine is Chairman and CEO of Central PacificFinancial Corp. and Executive Chairman of Central Pacific Bank. Mr. Yonamine served in a leadership capacity atseveral global organizations in California, Hawai`i and Japan before returning to Hawai`i.

(Left) Governor David Ige speaks about the arrival of theGannenmono and how the Japanese continue to thrive in business, education, community organizations, andgovernment here in Hawaii.

(Right) Mayor Kirk Caldwell speaks about the importance ofhaving fewer strong and “active” sister relationships as opposed to many non-active relationships.