Governor Abercrombie signed the Bali-Hawaii Sister State Initiative on April 14th 2014. Present at the signing ceremony included state legislators, members of the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (HICHAM), Hawaii Sister State Commission, military, and foreign consulates. Speakers included Governor Abercrombie, Indonesian Consul General Hadi Martono (from the Los Angeles Consulate), and Denise Konan (representing President Barack Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng).
“Tak kanal maka tak sayang,” Representative Ward quoted an Indonesian proverb signifying that Bali and Hawaii now know each other and are now affectionately bonded together.
“The two most beautiful places on earth are now Sister States,” Ward concluded.