Lt. Governor Doug Chin recently welcomed Lu Qiming, the Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, to the Ceremonial Room of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. They exchanged gifts and took photographs with the world-class artists from China, who performed the night before at the Hawaii premiere of “Embrace China” at the Hawaii Overseas Friendship Association of Cantonese celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and the 69th China National Day.
Lt. Governor Chin presented a Governor’s Special Message and Certificates to both Lu Qiming and Gordon Ho of the Hawaii Overseas Friendship Association of Cantonese with the following remarks:
Aloha and good evening! It is my pleasure and honor to be with you tonight to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival (or Mid-Autumn Festival) and of course, the China National Day. Both days are remarkable and undeniably China’s most well-known holidays. I want to commend the Chinese community, here in the Aloha State, for building and maintaining a bridge between the people of Hawaii and the people of China. Working together, we can enhance China and U.S. relations through friendship cities. Together, we can become a more global community as we expand and pursue mutual cultural and business opportunities.
The first immigrants in Hawaii to work on the plantations came from China. More than 50,000 immigrants between 1852 and 1887. After finishing their labor contracts, about a third returned to China, but many more stayed here to provide their children better educational opportunities than they could in their homeland. Many of them resided in urban Honolulu and opened businesses. Today, we have one of the oldest Chinatown districts in the U.S. which continues to thrive.
For thousands of years, Chinese families, around the world, have celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month to bring families together under a full moon, to give thanks for bountiful harvests, and for joyful reunions with loved ones. Tonight, we’re very fortunate to celebrate the Moon Festival and China National Day together with the Hawaii premiere of “Embrace China” and its world-renowned performers.
On behalf of Governor David Ige and myself, it is my honor to present the Governor’s Special Message to Lu Qiming and Gordon Ho.