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VIDEO: Maui Signs Sister City Agreement with South Korea’s Seo-gu

November 15, 2011, 3:49 PM HST
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By Wendy Osher

[flashvideo file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYQSuEOLtmg /] Maui will be marketed as a future leisure and business travel destination for the people of South Korea, under a sister-city relationship formalized today.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Seo-gu Mayor Hwan Yong Park exchanged gifts and letters of intent during a morning ceremony at the Kalana O Maui building.

“As the United States and Korea come closer in finalizing the free-trade agreement, it will improve opportunities for our next generation,” said Mayor Arakawa.

Photo by Wendy Osher. Seo-gu / Maui sister city signing ceremony.

Arakawa  initiated discussion on the relationship during a recent trip to Seo-gu in July.  He said that by signing the letter of intent, the county would be “setting the building blocks for the future.”

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Mayor Park’s delegation from South Korea officially accepted the invitation to begin the sister-city process saying, “Anyone can make an appointment but to execute that appointment is not an easy task.”

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“Since we made an appointment today to build stronger cooperation, we must now show how we keep that promise with a strong will and constant endeavor,” said Park.

Mayor Arakawa and Mayor Park signing letters of intent to enter into a sister city relationship. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Seo-gu is a district of Daejeon, South Korea’s fifth largest metropolitan area. It is known as the culture and art hub of Daejeon, a green city that once initiated a five-year, one million tree planting project.

The district is also dedicated to its youth, with many cultural, academic and sports facilities located throughout the city.

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*** Supporting information courtesy County of Maui.

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