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Bridges from Bali to Hawaii

U.S. State of Hawaii Seeking Sister-State Relationship with Bali

(12/18/2011) The U.S. State of Hawaii has declared its interest in seeking a Sister-State relationship with the province of Bali.

This desire was discussed between Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika and the Indonesian Ambassador to the U.S.A., Dino Patti Jalal, during a brief visit to Bali.

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The governor confirmed that he had already aware of the desire to form a Sister-State relationship with Hawaii via a letter sent to him from the Hawaii House of Representatives - signed by Representative Karen L. Awana, Chief of the Committee on International Affairs, and Representative Gene Ward, Minority Leader, and a member of the Committee on International Affairs.

The Governor pledged that he will process the proposal from Hawaii in an effort to create a direct connection between Hawaii and Bali in order to boost tourism.

Bali and Hawaii share many similarities. Both are tropical island destinations and popular with surfers.

Statistically and geographically, Bali and Hawaii share many points of comparison. Hawaii is an archipelago of six major islands covering 17,00 square kilometers, while Bali is part of an archipelago with the island’s land covering 5,600 square kilometers. Bali’s population stands at nearly 4 million as compared to the 1.4 million residents of Hawaii, but the population densities of Bali and O’ahu are roughly the same.

Both states have also host multi-ethnic societies seeking intercultural harmony despite periodic incidents of dissension and unrest.