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Pacific leaders sign declaration to reinforce ties

Dignitaries from across the Pacific gathered Tuesday afternoon at Iolani Palace for the inaugural Pacific Leaders Forum, aimed at strengthening relationships and providing a platform to discuss challenges confronting Pacific communities.

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Hailama Farlan, of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, right, speaks as dignitaries arrive during a news conference outside Iolani Palace on Tuesday. Pacific leaders from Aoterora, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Hawaii made a formal declaration, coinciding with King Kamehameha Day, to strengthen relationships, share stories and discuss challenges confronting the Pacific.
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Representatives of Pacific Island delegations depart Iolani Palace while assisted by Hawaiian cultural practitioner Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, fourth from left, on Tuesday.
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Aaron Sala, festival director of FestPAC, gestures while speaking during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Representatives of Pacific Island delegations depart Iolani Palace on Tuesday.
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Carmen Hulu Lindsey, chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, walks to a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Hailama Farden, of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, middle, speaks during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Carmen Hulu Lindsey, chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, speaks during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Aaron Sala, festival director of FestPAC, gestures while speaking during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Carmen Hulu Lindsey, chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, speaks during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Representatives of Pacific Island delegations depart Iolani Palace on Tuesday,.
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Ngira Simmonds, chief of staff to the Maori King, speaks during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Carmen Hulu Lindsey, chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, smiles during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.
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Representatives of Pacific Island delegations depart Iolani Palace on Tuesday.
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Carmen Hulu Lindsey, chairperson on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, speaks during a news conference outside Iolani Palace.

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