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Ige visits Okinawa, China on week-long trip

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Gov. David Ige on Monday said he opposed the use of liquefied natural gas by Hawaii utilities.

Gov. David Ige and his wife will be in Okinawa this week and then will travel to China on Sunday.

The aim of the trip is to recognize the 30th anniversary of the sister-state relationships with Okinawa Prefecture and Guangdong Province; to promote renewable energy cooperation, business and investment attraction; and to promote educational partnerships and international student exchanges between Hawaii, Okinawa and Guangdong Province, according to a news release from Ige’s office.

Ige and his wife are also scheduled to visit various universities, high schools and vocational schools in Okinawa and Guangzhou, Guandong Province, where they will meet with administrators, educators and students to explore options for expanding international student exchanges to Hawaii.

They are traveling as part of a mission led by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Also traveling with the governor is Scott Tome, executive services assistant.

Ige is scheduled to return to Hawaii Oct. 14.

The estimated cost of this trip is $8,870.99.

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