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Map depicting La Reunion to the west of Madagascar

La Réunion

Sister City relationship between the County of Hawai‘i and La Reunion was established on January 4, 2012.  La Reunion is a French Island located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.  Sugar was traditionally the chief agricultural product and export, but tourism is now the main source of income.

Riviere Langevin Trou Noir P1440224-35

The establishment of this Sister City relationship was based on our many similarities.  Both islands are located in the middle of vast oceans, and are situated over volcanic hot spots. La Reunio’s active volcano, Piton de la Fournais (“Peak of the Furnace”) is listed among earth’s most active volcanoes and last erupted in 2010.  It stands 8,632 feet above sea level, and like Kilauea, is a shield volcano.

Both volcanoes are located on their island’s national parks.  Reunion National Park and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are both UNIESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) World Sites.

Other similarities between the two islands include a multicultural population.  Both islands have dense rainforests, a high level of endemism, and are home to white-tailed tropic birds.  La Reunion also has olivine, and therefore, green sand beaches.

Cratères-sommet-Piton-Fournaise Le Beau Pays

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