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Hawaii, Bali to become sister states

    Balinese giant effigy locally known as "ogoh-ogoh" that represents evil spirits line up during a parade to celebrate Nyepi, an annual day of silence marking Balinese Hindu new year in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday March 29, 2014. Most Balinese keep self-reflection and stay at home to observe quiet holiday. Tourists visiting the island, are asked not to leave their hotels and the airport will be closed. The new year will be March 31. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Hawaii and Bali are to become sister states.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Indonesian Consul General Hadi Martono will attend a signing ceremony at the governor’s chambers on Monday.

A reception featuring hula and Balinese dance will follow.

The Indonesian island of Bali is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. Its beaches are favored by sun-seekers and waves are sought after by surfers. Balinese dance is a highly developed traditional art form.

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