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Map depicting Oshima Island on the central east coast of Japan

Oshima Island

Sister City relationship between Hawai‘i County and Ohshima Island was established on February 8, 1962. Ohshima, which means “Big Island”, is a volcanic island in the Izu Islands. It is home to waterfalls, valleys, black sand beaches, hot springs, camellias, and Mt. Mihara, an active volcano standing at 2,507 feet. The most recent eruption was in 1990. Mt. Mihara was prominently featured in The Return of Godzilla, and appeared again in the sequel, Godzilla vs. Biollante.

In 2012, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationshipCopper relief presented by delegation from Oshima Island.  All in attendance were Managing Director William Takaba, Honorary Consul General of Japan Art Taniguchi, Zen Tanaka, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Dr. Masafumi Honda, and Mayumi Jinguh. between Ohshima Island and Hawai‘i County, a delegation from Ohshima Island visited the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi delivering a gift – a copper relief depicting a rainbow bridge between the Sister Cities of Hawai‘i Island and Ohshima Island.

On October 16, 2013, Typhoon Wipha passed over Ohshima Island killing 14 people and destroying almost 300 homes. Hawai‘i County joined in a relief drive “Aloha Ohshima” to raise money for Ohshima Island along with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i, the Japanese Community Association and the Kona Japanese Civic Association.

Volunteers sitting at an  Izu-Oshima-IMG 4759 Hakata-Oshima Bridge

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