Honolulu mayor visits Hiroshima mayor, seeks deeper friendship between two cities

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

Kirk Caldwell, 66, the mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii, visited Hiroshima City Hall on October 29 and met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui. Honolulu has a sister city relationship with Hiroshima. With the two cities planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their sister city ties next year, the two mayors confirmed their intention to expand exchange activities between Honolulu and Hiroshima.

Mr. Caldwell talked about the historical bond between Hawaii and Hiroshima, referring to the fact that many people from Hiroshima have made their way to Hawaii as immigrants. He stressed that no other city has stronger ties to Honolulu than Hiroshima. Mr. Matsui responded by saying, “We would like to further deepen the friendship between our two cities.”

In addition, given the fact that the U.S. government is seeking to scrap the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Mr. Caldwell said that he would like to offer Mr. Matsui the chance to speak during discussions on peace when the U.S. Conference of Mayors takes place in Honolulu next summer.

This is Mr. Caldwell’s second trip to Hiroshima. His first visit was in 2014. He also stopped by the Asa Zoo in Asakita Ward, which has concluded a sister zoo agreement with the Honolulu Zoo, and the Peace Memorial Museum in Naka Ward.

(Originally published on November 3, 2018)