Bilateral Relations with the Hawaii State
1. Although the population of ethnic Chinese in Hawaii is only one hundred seventy thousands ( roughly one hundred thousands of them are mixed descendants of intermarriage ), which is relatively small as compared to New York City or Los Angeles, the State of Hawaii has established a long-standing special connection with local Chinese people. Chinese began to emigrate to Hawaii dating back two centuries ago. Dr. SUN Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, and many other important figures spent some time living or studying here. Chinese Americans have constantly made tremendous contributions to Hawaii, and even now ethnic Chinese are still active in political, economic, social and other spheres in Hawaii. Chinese not only have merged themselves well into mainstream society, but also cherish their own culture and roots from their mother country.
2. The Government of Hawaii is a long-time friend to Hawaiian Chinese communities, eagerly promotes multicultural and diversified economical developments and cares about the development of local Chinese communities. Former Governor Linda Lingle was invited to visit Taiwan in December, 2001 as well as in November, 2009. The incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie who came into office in 2010, maintains cordial relations with Chinese communities. It will be mutually beneficial to foster even closer bonds in bilateral relations in the future.
3. Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle always maintains friendly interactions with this office, and visited Taiwan in June, 2011. He is keen on further strengthening tourism and trade relations with Taiwan.
4. Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono of American Samoa is also a strong supporter of Taiwan, especially in our endeavors to participating in the World Health Organization. Governor Tulafono also visited Taiwan before.
5. The dignitaries from Republic of China (Taiwan) who have visited Hawaii in recent years include:
6. The Hawaii State maintains a close relationship with both the provincial and local governments of the Republic of China. Besides the sister relations between Hawaii and Taiwan, Honolulu City and Kaohsiung City, Hawaii County and Hualien County, Maui County and Pingtung County, and Kauai County and Penhu County have also signed sister-city agreements. The government of Hawaii State set up a liason office in Taipei in 1994 and Mr. Alex Lei is the current Executive Director. The Hawaii Tourism Authority also established a branch office in Taipei, and Jemy See is the Representative.