Mayor Kenoi in China to Seek Trade, Travel Partnerships with Taiwan

County of Hawai‘i Mayor Billy Kenoi is in Taipei, Republic of China this week with eight other mayors from across the nation in an effort to strengthen and promote business, agricultural, educational and cultural ties with Taiwan.

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The government of Taiwan organized the 2013 U.S. Municipal Mayor Delegation to Taiwan from Sept. 1-7, and selected mayors from Hawai‘i, California, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Connecticut, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to participate. The Republic of China is hosting the mayors and providing air and hotel accommodations.

The County of Hawai‘i established a sister-city relationship with the County of Haulian in Taiwan in 1971, and former Mayor Shen-Shan Hsieh of the County of Haulian led a delegation to the County of Hawai‘i in 2007. Taiwan was recently added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to encourage travel between the two nations, and China Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines began direct flights between Taipei and Honolulu this year.

County of Hawai‘i Managing Director Wally Lau is serving as acting mayor until Mayor Kenoi returns on Friday, Sept. 6.


Department of Agriculture Begins Pilot Project Aimed at Monitoring Produce Temperatures During Shipping

With help from companies based from Taiwan to California, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture has begun a pilot project aimed at monitoring temperatures of fresh produce during shipping.

“The first phase is to test among three different distribution centers in the islands,” said John Ryan, who heads the state agency’s quality assurance office…

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Polynesians Originated in Taiwan?

By tracking the evolution of language and gut bacteria, scientists may have settled a debate over the spread of humans across the Pacific.

The evolutionary trajectory implied by words and bugs begins with an initial migration from Taiwan 5,000 years ago, with a first wave of people spreading to the Philippines and a second to western Polynesia.

The findings, writes University of Cambridge archaeologist Colin Renfrew, “mark a substantial advance in our understanding of human population history” — and they involve some cutting-edge archaeological sleuthing to boot.

Physical remains, rather than linguistic patterns and microbes, are the preferred form of evidence for human migratory maps. Population genetics has also proved useful, with the progressive differences between modern and ancient DNA samples forming a biological tapestry of human history. But archaeologists attempting to understand the settlement of far-flung Pacific islands have been stymied by a lack of hard evidence, and genetic studies have proven inconclusive.

As a result, some historians concluded that settlement occurred gradually, over the last 30,000 years, by descendants of an initial population from inland southeast Asia — the so-called “slow boat from Wallacea” theory. Others hypothesized a recent, Taiwan-based origin…

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