Lt. Governor Chin welcomed Lorenzo Ortona, the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, California, serving the Northwestern region of the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. Having first assumed his position in September 2016, this was Consul General Ortona’s first visit to Hawaii. During his visit, he noted that the people of Hawaii must enjoy Italian fashion and food based on the many restaurants and stores, in the islands, showcasing Italy. The State of Hawaii is always interested in expanding global partnerships and generating economic opportunities with Italy and other countries. Consul General Ortona believes Hawaii can be the gateway into the Asian marketplace for Italian designers and entrepreneurs. Mahalo to Consul General Ortona for his visit and the work he is doing in Hawaii and to Dr. Michele Carbone, Honorary Consul to the Italian Consulate in Honolulu.