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Sister City visitors from Japan arrive on Maui

The 45-member Sister City delegation from Fukuyama, Japan practices their "shaka" sign The 45-member Sister City delegation from Fukuyama, Japan practices their "shaka" sign
County of Maui Managing Director Sheri Morrison greets Fukuyama Mayor Akira Hada County of Maui Managing Director Sheri Morrison greets Fukuyama Mayor Akira Hada

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) - A delegation from Maui County's newest Sister City, Fukuyama City, Japan arrived on Maui Wednesday.

The 45-member group includes the Mayor of Fukuyuma City, the city's Vice Mayor, several Council members, officials from the Fukuyuma Chamber of Commerce, the Fukuyuma Products Coalition, residents, hula dancers and a news reporter.

The group will tour local farms, visit with senior citizens, host a tea ceremony and meet with Mayor Charmaine Tavares for a special rose-planting ceremony this Friday.

The rose-planting ceremony is in honor of Fukuyuma City, which is located in Hiroshima Prefecture, and is known as the Rose City.  A thousand rose seedlings were planted to boost the spirits of residents after the city was destroyed by an air attack in 1945.

The Fukuyuma visitors will also participate in the County Fair by dancing hula in the parade and hosting a booth in the Better Living Tent with food, home decor items and geta slippers for sale.

Maui County is Fukuyuma's first U.S. Sister City.

 

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