56th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka
Celebrations in Hawaii
On February 7th Saturday, at the invitation of Honorary Consul
for Sri Lanka in Hawaii, Ms Kusuma Cooray the Sri Lankan community
gathered at the University of Hawaii's Ka'Ikena Dining Room to
celebrate the 56th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.
The proceedings started with lighting of the traditional oil
lamp by 7 community members. The Honorary Consul Kusuma Cooray
made a welcome speech and introduced the Guests of Honor for the
evening - the 5 Sri Lankan Armed Forces officers and a Professor
from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy who are presently
in Hawaii as participants at the Asia Pacific Center for Security
APCSS participants with Honorary Consul Kusuma Cooray. In the
picture left to right - Brigadier Nimal Jayasuriya,
Air Commodore Roshan Gunatilake, Professor Dayani Panagoda, Ms.
Kusuma Cooray, Commodore Harsha Mayadunna,
Brigadier Mendaka Samarasinghe and Brigadier Mohanthi Peiris
Messages sent by the President of Sri Lanka H.E.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Prime Minister Honourable
Ranil Wickremasinghe and Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando were
Commodore Harsha Mayadunne from the Sri Lanka Navy offered the
vote of thanks and Lalith Jayawickrema presented a slide show
on Sri Lanka which was the highlight of the evening. Finally the
dinner prepared by the community members was enjoyed by all. Mrs
Kusuma Cooray thanked the community and her committee for helping
her put this event together.
Independence Dinner for USPACOM
On February 19th, 2004, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in
Hawaii, Mrs Kusuma Cooray hosted a dinner as a part of the ongoing
celebrations for the 56th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.
The dinner was held at the University of Hawaii's Tamarind Room.
The guests of honor were the Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific,
General James T. Campbell and Mrs. Carol Campbell, General William
Begert Commander Pacific Air Force and Mrs. Begert, and Commander
Marine Forces General W.C. Gregson.
Other guests were Honorary Consul of Denmark and the Dean of
the Consular Corps Larry Vogel, and Mrs. Anna Lisa Vogel, Chancellor
Dr. John Morton and Mrs. Willow Morton. Mr. Fred Honda GM of the
Halekulani and Mrs. Julie Honda, Dr. Robert Lee and Mrs. Bertie
Lee. The 5 officers from the Sri Lankan Military (Brigadier Nimal
Jayasooriya, Brigadier Mohanthi Peiris, Brigadier Mendaka Samarasinghe,
Commodore Harsha Mayadunne, Air Commodore Roshan Goonethilleke
and Professor Dayani Panagoda from KDA also attended the dinner.)
At the 56th Independence celebration dinner hosted by Honorary
Consul Kusuma Cooray - In the picture left to right -
Brigadier Nimal Jayasuriya, Air Commodore Roshan Gunatilake, Mrs
Julie Honda, General James T Campbell,
Ms Kusuma Cooray - Consul Sri Lanka, General W.C. Gregson, Mrs
Anna Lisa Vogel
General Begert made the first toast to Sri Lanka. In his speech,
General Begert reminisced about his visit to this beautiful South
Asian island and praised its people and culture. Chancellor John
Morton and Consul Larry Vogel too proposed a toast to Sri Lanka
and its people. Consul Cooray spoke and thanked all the Commanding
Generals for their support and assistance extended to Sri Lanka.
She invited them to visit Sri Lanka and mentioned that since they
frequently visited other South Asian countries to please include
Sri Lanka in their itineraries as well. Consul Cooray also conveyed
greetings to the Generals from His Excellency Ambassador Devinda
Consular Corps Hawaii Inc Inaugural
The Consular Corps of Hawaii which was established in 1824,
held their Inaugural Ball on February 20, 2004 at the Kahala Mandarin
Oriental, in the Maile Ballroom. 300 guests of the consuls attended
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Hawaii Justice Moon Swore
in the Executive Committee. Consul of Denmark Larry Vogel was
sworn in as the President of the Executive Committee and the Dean
of the Consular Corps.
The swearing in ceremony was followed by a sit down dinner. The
first item on the dinner agenda was a toast to Sri Lanka in honour
of its 56th Independence Anniversary. A toast to Sri Lanka was
made by Consul Ms Kusuma Cooray.
The chief guests at the Sri Lankan table hosted by Consul Kusuma
Cooray were Deputy Commanding General US Army Pacific, Lt Gen
William Brandenberg and Mrs. Brandenberg.
Chancellor John Morton and Mrs. Morton, Brigadier Mohanthi Pieris
and Prof. Dayani Panagoda from Sri Lanka were among the guests.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
10 March 2004