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Former Governor George Ariyoshi to be Honored at East-West Center

(HawaiiNewsNow) - In recognition of his international accomplishments, Gov. Ariyoshi will be presented with EWC's Asia Pacific Community Building Award at the East-West Center's 2012 "International Affair" Dinner. At the gala celebration, the Center will present the Honorable George R. Ariyoshi, former Hawai'i Governor and East-West Center board chairman, with its Asia Pacific Community Building Award for his dedication to strengthening the bonds of understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia and the United States.

WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2012

5:30 p.m. - no-host cocktails

6:30 p.m. - dinner

RSVP requested by June 22.

WHERE: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort, Hawai'i Ballroom

INFO: Premium tables of 10 are available from $2,500 to $25,000. Individual tickets are priced at $250. For more information or to purchase a table, call (808) 944-7105 or online.

International dress or aloha business attire is requested. Validated parking is available.

About the Asia Pacific Community Building Award-

The Asia Pacific Community Building Award recognizes outstanding leaders whose vision and professional and personal accomplishments exemplify the mission of the East-West Center. Past recipients include His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Houghton "Buck" and Doreen Freeman of the Freeman Foundation; Her Excellency Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines; Dr. Genshitsu (Soshitsu XV) Sen, former Grand Master of the Urasenke Tea Tradition; and Mr. Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest conglomerate.

About the Honorable George R. Ariyoshi-

As three-term governor of the State of Hawai'i and a farsighted architect of Asia Pacific affairs, George R. Ariyoshi has devoted his career to expansive ideas. His stature and reputation amongst government and business leaders within the United States and throughout Asia allow him to continue in his role of promoting and nurturing international economic and business ties within the increasingly important Asia Pacific region. He has received the high honor of the Japanese government's Grand Cordon of the Sacred Treasure, 1st Class.

Governor Ariyoshi has contributed significantly to the development of the East-West Center. In 1975, he signed into law the act creating the public, nonprofit, autonomous corporation that continues today to operate and administer the East-West Center. He served on the East-West Center Board of Governors including six years as board chair. In 1980, he was active in the formation of the first Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders which spawned the Center's Pacific Islands Development Program.

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