Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hawaii Week in Shanghai: Governor to lead delegation to China, Japan
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 12664 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family



Hawai‘i Week in Shanghai to Showcase Hawai‘i Culture and Tourism

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today she will lead an official Hawai‘i delegation to China from June 4 to 15 to build and expand tourism, investment, trade, energy and education opportunities for Hawai‘i.  A key portion of the trip will focus on “Hawai‘i Week” at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. 

The Governor’s mission, her fourth to China to promote Hawai‘i, will cover Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Beijing.  The Governor will also visit Japan (June 16 to 19) to meet with tourism partners in Tokyo.

“This trip to China is another important component in our ongoing effort to expand long-term economic development and business opportunities for Hawai‘i in the emerging China market,” said Governor Lingle.  “It is vital that our state continue to build and strengthen relationships in Asia, especially China, that will position Hawai‘i businesses and residents to capitalize on future economic and investment opportunities and strengthen our cultural and educational partnerships.”

In Shanghai (June 5-9), Governor Lingle will join representatives and participants from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the visitor industry and entertainers from Hawai‘i at the “Hawai‘i Week” celebration to take place in the United States Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.  During the Expo’s “Hawai‘i Week,” Governor Lingle will participate in various functions planned by HTA including news conferences and media interviews, as well as an Aloha Night dinner reception, which will be attended by Chinese government officials, senior travel trade partners, major tour wholesalers, airline partners, and key media.  The Shanghai Expo is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors, 86 percent of whom will come from domestic China. 

While in Shanghai, Governor Lingle will deliver a keynote address at an American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Distinguished Speakers Luncheon about the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative.  She will also participate in seminars on investing in Hawai‘i, and studying at Hawai‘i’s colleges and universities.

Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture officials will also be in Shanghai to promote the sale of Hawai‘i agricultural products in China.  They will be joined by officials from the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources as well as the agriculture industry, including representatives from the Hawai‘i Export Nursery Association and the Hawai‘i Tropical Flowers Council.  The Hawai‘i Agriculture team will meet with Chinese officials in both Shanghai and Beijing.

In Guangzhou, Guangdong Province (June 10-11), Governor Lingle will be joined by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i’s 2010 Narcissus Queen Tour to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Sister-State-Province relationship between the State of Hawai‘i and the Province of Guangdong.  Governor Lingle and Guangdong Province Governor Huang Huahua will also discuss the next 25 years of trade, investment and education opportunities.  A large proportion of Hawai‘i’s ethnic Chinese citizens trace their heritage to Guangdong Province, now known as China’s foreign trade powerhouse, accounting for almost one-quarter of China’s exports to the world.

Governor Lingle will visit Kunming in Yunnan Province (June 12-13) where she will be welcomed by Yunnan Governor Qin Guangrong.  Yunnan, one of China’s most environmentally and culturally diverse provinces, is located at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains and is working to become China’s “Sustainable Province.”  Governor Qin and Governor Lingle will discuss a relationship centered on clean and renewable energy development.  The Chinese Chamber of Hawai‘i and the Narcissus Queen Tour will also be in Yunnan Province.

Governor Lingle will have two days of official meetings in Beijing (June 14-15).  She will meet with Chairman Shao Qiwei of the China National Tourism Administration on opportunities for increased Chinese travel to Hawai‘i.  This will be Governor Lingle’s ninth meeting with Chairman Shao in seven years. 

Official meetings are also scheduled with the China Ministry of Commerce (MOC), regarding “Hawai‘i House,” a Hawai‘i products import initiative by the MOC.  She will also promote investing and studying in Hawai‘i as a part of several seminars that are scheduled.

Governor Lingle invites those from Hawai‘i interested in more information about this mission to China, including the possibility of participating in some of the events and activities, to contact the following:

  • “Hawai‘i Week” at the Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, please contact the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority at 808-973-2252.

  • Non-“Hawai‘i Week” events and activities in Shanghai and about the visit to Guangzhou, Kunming and Beijing, please contact the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism at 808-586-2355.

Governor Lingle will stop in Tokyo to meet with travel industry partners and Japan Association of Travel Agents before returning home.


Delegation and Expenses

Delegation to China

The following individuals will participate in different segments of the China trip, with the majority attending the Hawai‘i Week activities in Shanghai:

  • Governor Linda Lingle
  • House Speaker Calvin Say, representing the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives (Shanghai only)
  • Senator Donna Mercado Kim, representing the Hawai‘i State Senate (Shanghai only)
  • Ted Liu, director, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
  • Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) (Shanghai only)
  • Kelvin Bloom, chair, HTA (Shanghai only)
  • David Uchiyama, vice president brand management, HTA (Shanghai only)
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i 2010 Narcissus Queen Tour (Guangzhou, Kunming and Beijing only)
  • Duane Okamoto, deputy director, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
  • Lyle Wong, plant industry division administrator, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
  • University of Hawai‘i, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Hawai‘i Export Nursery Association
  • Hawai‘i Tropical Flower Council
  • Linda Smith, senior policy advisor
  • Major General Robert Lee, state adjutant general (traveling to China/Asia for other business)

Delegation to Japan

  • Governor Lingle
  • Mike McCartney, president and CEO, HTA
  • Marsha Wienert, state tourism liaison
  • Brennon Morioka, director, Department of Transportation

Governor Lingle’s expenses, including various event-related expenses in China, will be paid for through a combination of funding sources, including the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Governor’s Office and Executive Branch departmental budgets.

Funding for the Hawai‘i agricultural team is from a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service. 

Expenses for HTA officials and Hawai‘i legislators for Hawai‘i Week at the Shanghai Expo will be paid for by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Linda Smith will be paying her own expenses with personal funds.

Non-government agencies and individuals will cover their own expense.



TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii