Sister City Association

Meeting Dates and Times

The board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of most months at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library-Maddy Room.

Student Exchange Program

Student Exchange Application for 2019

Chaperone Application

Sister City Brochure

Sister City Art Contest

Sister City Anjo, Japan

A Sister City relationship was initiated with Anjo, Japan in 1982 and the program officially incorporated in 1992. The Sister City Association of Huntington Beach is a nonprofit citizen-run organization, which successfully operates annual programs of international goodwill between Huntington Beach and Anjo, Japan. The sister city movement is an outgrowth of then President Dwight Eisenhower's People to People concept created in 1956.

The idea is that it is the interaction of people--not governments--of different countries and diverse cultures that can put the world on the path to enduring peace. The local Sister City Association has been involved in a variety of capacities, including the selection of Assistant English Teachers to teach in Japan, and exchanges of art and music. Recent program from Anjo include koto players, a dance group and taiko drum performers. Many Anjo adult delegations have visited Huntington Beach and a number of Huntington Beach individuals and several organized groups of local citizens have visited Anjo.

Annually, four high school students and a chaperone have participated in a 2-week reciprocal exchange with students in Anjo. Cultural and fun activities are enjoyed; a number of lifetime friendships have been formed, and the experience has made a dramatic impact on some of our students' lives. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who either live in Huntington Beach or attend one of the five Huntington Beach Union High School District schools are eligible.

Manly Logo

Sister City Manly, Australia

The Manly local government area is a unique location. Bounded by both an ocean beach and Sydney Harbour. It is located on Sydney's Northern Beaches between 8 and 17 kilometers north-east of Sydney. Manly is named after Manly Cove, which was named by Captain Arthur Phillip who was impressed by the confident and manly behavior of the male Aborigines he saw when he first visited the area in January 1788.

At the time of the 2006 Census, Manly was the 57th largest local government area in New South Wales, with some 37,112 usual residents.

Huntington Beach is Surf City, USA and is home to the US Open of Surfing. Likewise, Manly is known as Surf City, Australia and is home to the Australian Open of Surfing. Both cities became Sister Cities in 2012, and are deeply rooted in the surfing culture.

The Surfing Walk of Fame will be the primary interface with Manly. Our goals are to foster the surfing culture in our two Surf Cities.

Contact: 714-960-2892

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

This annual festival in March, is a major fund raising effort for students exchange and international good will activities. In 2013, the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival was created by one of the student ambassadors as her Girl Scout Gold Award project after realizing the program was in jeopardy due to a lack of funding. The Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dance, music, food, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts and games. The festival is advertised throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County and on social media and had attendance well over 5,000 with a delegation coming all the way from Japan for the event! For more information, please visit the Cherry Blossom Festival website at

Sister City Association Executive Board

For information about the Sister City Program, contact Carmen Erber, [email protected] or 714-846-7685.

Board Members
Frank Nakabayashi, President
Don MacAllister, Vice President
Carol Hoke, Secretary
Debbie Chiya, Treasurer
Maureen Anzivino
Betty Ching
Shirley Doo
Carmen Erber
George Erber
Kate Miller
Diane Mundo
Sachiko Nakabayashi
Margaret Nerio
LeJarie Nogouchi
Sheila Plotkin
Dave Shenkman

Council Liaisons
Jill Hardy
Lyn Semeta

Staff Liaison
Chris Cole
Specific Events Supervisor
(714) 374-5312
[email protected]

Agendas & Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
September 12, 2018 Agenda
July 11, 2018 Agenda
March 14, 2018 Agenda
February 14, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
November 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2017 Agenda
August 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 14, 2017. Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2017 Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 12, 2016 Agenda
September 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 11, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 9, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 Agenda
October 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
August 12, 2015 Agenda
June 10, 2015 Agenda
April 8, 2015 Agenda
March 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes
February 11, 2015 Agenda
January 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2014 Agenda

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

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