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Maui to Enter Sister City Relationship with Daejeon

November 15, 2011, 6:52 AM HST
* Updated November 15, 3:51 PM
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By Wendy Osher

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Photo courtesy, County of Maui.

Mayor Alan Arakawa signs a new sister city agreement today with the District of Daejeon.

Under the agreement, Seo-gu Mayor Park Hwan-yong of Daejeon will join the Seo-gu delegation in promoting Maui County as a future leisure and business travel destination for the people of South Korea.

“As President Obama stated during his opening remarks at APEC, no region will do more to shape our long-term economic future than the Asia/Pacific region,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa.

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“That is why it is important for the County to take the initiative and establish relationships with our Asian counterparts,” he said.

Mayor Alan Arakawa, his wife, Council Chair Danny Mateo and other County delegates met with Mayor Park and his staff over the summer. The meeting included a formal invitation to establish a sister-city relationship with Maui. Photo courtesy, County of Maui.

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Today’s Letter of Intent ceremony signifies that the District of Daejeon and the County of Maui have officially begun the sister-city process through its representative, Mayor Park.

“Hawaii will play a major role in this new economic future and Maui County must be ready to take advantage of that opportunity,” said Mayor Arakawa.

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