David Y.Ige | Governor’s Office – Press Release – Ige Welcomes Hiroshima Governor on Sister State Library Tour
Governor’s Office – Press Release – Ige Welcomes Hiroshima Governor on Sister State Library Tour
Posted on October 13, 2022 in Latest Department News, Press Room, Governor’s Office Press Releases
Honolulu – Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige welcomed the Governor of Hiroshima, Japan, Hidehiko Yuzaki, and his delegation at the State Library of Hawaii on Wednesday.
“Libraries can serve as a way for countries to connect through literature, a love of reading, and an exchange of ideas that brings our world together in a meaningful way,” First Lady Ige said.
Governor Yuzaki’s visit to Hawaii complimented the Governor and Ms. Ige’s visit to Hiroshima last August, where the two governors signed a sister state library agreement at the Hiroshima Prefectural Library.
“It was an honor to host Governor Yuzaki as we continue to strengthen the bond between the State of Hawaii and Hiroshima Prefecture,” Governor Ige said. “Our sister state library agreement is one of the many ways we are building a strong future of collaboration and mutual understanding.”
Hawaii State Librarian Stacey Aldrich and State Library of Hawaii Director Baron Baroza led the two governors on a tour of the State Library of Hawaii, located in next to the State Capitol and Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu.
They posed for photos at the Edna Allan Children’s Library, where books traded between Hiroshima and Hawaiʻi were on display. Books donated to Hiroshima by Ms. Ige include “Leilani Blessed and Grateful” by ʻIolani School teachers Greg Bowman and Alan Suemori, illustrated by Jamie Tablason, and “Snow Angel, Sand Angel” by author, poet and educator Lois-Ann Yamanaka, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.
The State Library of Hawaii also contains a collection of local high school yearbooks. Aldrich showed the governors a Punahou yearbook with former President Barack Obama’s photo and a Pearl City yearbook with Governor Ige’s photo.
Visiting Hiroshima Library staff also participated in tours of the Nanakuli and Waipahu Public Libraries.
Photos from Hawaii State Library visit released here.
Jesse Broder Van Dyke
Deputy director of communication / press officer