Davao is Kauai’s fifth Philippines sister city

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    Mayors Sera Duterte of the City of Davao, and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. raise their arms in bonding during the Hawaii Aloha rendering, Monday at the sister city signing ceremony at the Moikeha Building. Included in the group are Cyndi Ayonon, Carrice Gardner, Rep. Dee Morikawa, Davao City Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, Regina Carvalho, Duterte, Carvalho, Mel Rapozo, and Arthur Brun.

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    City of Davao City Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, Mayor Sera Duterte, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., and Kauai County Council Chair Mel Rapozo sign the formal sister city documents between Kauai and the City of Davao, Monday at the Moikeha Building.

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    Mayors Sera Duterte of City of Davao and Bernard Carvalho Jr. enjoy an auana hula by Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, Monday during the sister city signing at the Moikeha Building.

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    Mayors Sera Duterte of City of Davao and Bernard Carvalho Jr. enjoy a hula presentation by Anolani Higashi of Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, Monday during the sister city signing at the Moikeha Building.

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    Davao City Mayor Sera Duterte receives a rare feather lei from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Monday during the sister city signing at the Moikeha Building.

LIHUE — Kauai Council Chair Mel Rapozo joked that when he visited the Philippines at the invitation of Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., he discovered many similarities with Kauai.

“The place looks like here,” he said. “They have a lot of Filipinos.”

The light-heartedness aside, Rapozo said the Philippines have things Kauai can learn from.

“Everywhere we went, the place was clean,” Rapozo said. “We can learn that from the Philippines. How do they keep everything so clean?”

Rapozo was one of about 100 people participating in the sister city signing ceremony between the County of Kauai and the City of Davao under the morning sun at the Moikeha Building where City of Davao Mayor Sara Duterte was discretely passed with napkins to dab the perspiration.

“As the world continues to evolve, the challenges we face become increasingly complex,” Duterte said. “Now, more than ever, there is value in learning continuously, and in collaborating with others to find solutions to address concerns that we may face.”

The sister city signing marks the fifth sister city from the Philippines that the County of Kauai has affirmed since 1991, including relationships with the Muncipality of Santa, Province of Iloco Sur (1991), Municipality of Bangue, Province of Abra (2000), Municipality of Urdaneta, Province of Pangasinan (2000), and City of Laoag, Province of Ilocos Norte (2011).

“Through these sister city relationships, I have had the opportunity to visit the Philippines and learn firsthand how Hawaii and the Philippines are separated by ocean but connected by our sense of family, and our dedication toward building our youth, our connection to our culture and heritage,” Carvalho said.

Carvalho shared some of the culture with Duterte, including the presentation of a rare feather lei, an oli from Kumu Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin of Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala, and hula.

“This is about partnership and creating and fortifying an open communicative atmosphere to induce a heightened exchange of ideas, particularly in tourism and culture, agriculture, and trade and commerce,” Carvalho said.

“With the signing of the sister city relationship with Davao City today, we will continue to grow and nurture our relationship with our sisters and brothers,” he said. “Together, we continue to build a better tomorrow, and make each day better than the last. But we must always keep our cultures and traditions close to our hearts.”

2 Comments
  1. Disheartened citizen September 11, 2018 11:39 pm Reply

    This ceremony and article are appalling with absolutely no research and background information given. Mrs Duterte is the corrupt daughter of President Duterte. They stand for extra-judiciary executions (murder) of political opponents, extreme corruption, State violence, scapegoating and multiple violations of basic human rights. How can Kauai and its leaders voluntarily associate itself with these people and there actions? This is truly disheartening.


    1. Pinoy Pride September 12, 2018 10:29 pm Reply

      Yep And Disheartened Citizen must be a Haole wannabe local from the mainland who think knows everything


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