June 24, 2009, 4:41 PM HST · Updated June 24, 4:41 PM

Governor Michael Marcos Keon of Ilocos Norte, Philippines will visit Maui and Oahu in an effort to familiarize himself with the Ilocanos community in Hawaii.

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More than 400 people are expected to attend a speaking event at the Waipahu Filcom Center tonight, with an additional 100 people on a waiting list.

The Maui visit begins Friday, June 26, 2009 with a 10 a.m. visit with the Maui County Council on the 8th Floor of the County Building in the Council Chambers.  There, Governor Keon and his delegation will visit with Council Chair Danny Mateo and other members of the Maui County Council.

Keon will then attend an Aloha Reception at the Paina Building at Maui Community College at 6 p.m. Friday.  Both Maui events are open to the public.  For more information on the Aloha Reception, contact the President of the Maui Filipino Community Council, Herman Andaya at 357-7939.


Ilocos Norte is the providence in the Philippines where the largest number of Filipinos in Hawaii have family ties.  Bryan Andaya, former president of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, estimates that out of the 240,000 Filipinos in Hawwaii, between 150,000 and 175,000 are Ilocano.

This is Governor Marcos Keon’s first visit to Hawaii and to the County of Maui.  Governor Keon’s 26-member delegation includes 12 Mayors representing the 23 municipalities within Ilocos Norte province, 2 Vice-Mayors, and 8 Board Members.  Included in e extensive list of visiting dignitaries is Edito Balintona, Mayor of Maui’s Sister City, Sarrat, the birthplace of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

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