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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br /> <br />April 27, 2017 <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br />Hiroshima Governor to Do Ceremonial Tree Planting in Hilo Park <br /> <br />The Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hidehiko Yuzaki, along with a 14-member <br />th <br />contingent, will soon be making a rare visit to Hawai'i Island to celebrate the 50 <br />anniversary of the East Hawai’i Hiroshima Kenjinkai. <br /> <br />As part of the festivities planned, the County of Hawai’i has scheduled a <br />Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Lili’uokalani <br />Gardens in Hilo. <br /> <br />The Mayor’s Office and the Parks & Recreation Office are handling arrangements for <br />this event. A tent and chairs will designate the site for the ceremony. A Black Pine has <br />been chosen for the tree planting ceremony, with mint-condition shovels on hand. <br /> <br />“This tree planting ceremony will help foster our relationship with Hiroshima Prefecture,” <br />said Mayor Harry Kim, noting that Hilo has many descendants of people from that <br />region. <br /> <br />The County Council Chair, Valerie Poindexter, Mayor Harry Kim, and Thomas Goya, <br />President of the East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai, will join Governor Yuzaki in the tree <br />planting ceremony. <br /> <br />All Council members are invited to attend. Participants are asked to be at the site by <br />8:30 a.m. ahead of the formal opening of the ceremony at 9:00 a.m. <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br />