It reads in part, “George Ryoichi Ariyoshi embodies the Aloha Spirit, actively demonstrating the values of akahai, lōkahi, ‘olu‘olu, ha‘aha‘a, and ahonui in his deeds and interactions with local, national, and international leaders and in cross-cultural friendships.”
Ariyoshi is also credited with contributing “significantly to international relations during his term” on the East-West Center Foundation Board of Directors.
State law explains that the Aloha Order of Merit honors people who have achieved national or international recognition in their field, contributed to the attainment of statehood, devoted themselves to the betterment of Hawaii or provided “extraordinary service or brought honor” to the state.
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