The La Perouse Memorial at La Perouse Bay, Maui, Hawai’i, U.S.A., established on May 30th, 1994 by Ms. Elisabeth Jenssen Founder & President of The Laperouse Foundation USA/Friends of La Perouse and Le Mouvement des Français de l’Etranger (MDFDE) French & Francophones Abroad.


May 30, 2016

Aloha Alexa and everyone,

A huge Mahalo to the Board and members of The Maui County Sister Cities Foundation, Mayor Arakawa and Mauian friends for celebrating this week the 230th Anniversary of La Perouse’s landing on this day in Maui. And the 15th Anniversary of Maui-Albi Sister City Relationship I also had the honor to establish back in March 2001. I am sorry I could not be there with you and am deeply moved by your initiative. Hope to meet you all in the near future to renew our French-American historic ties with Maui with more exciting projects; and/or maybe in New York City this coming October 26-27-28, 2016 for our big event MDFDE Paris-NYC16 #MDFDEJeSuisLadyLiberty130 celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and NPS 100th Anniversary in honor of the 130 victims of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks. Thanks again for your help and efforts.

Kind regards,

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L~R: Richard Minatoya-Chair; Adele Rugg-Hospitality; Lori Teragawachi-Secretary; Alexa Betts Basinger-Vice-Chair

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Elisabeth Jenssen A huge Mahalo to Alexa, Richard, Adele, Lori, all members of the Maui County Sister Cities Foundation, and Mauian friends for celebrating this week the 230th Annniversary of La Perouse’s landing on Maui (May 30, 1786) and the 15th Anniversary of Maui-Albi Sister City Relationship (March 2, 2001). With love and aloha, Elisabeth Jenssen

“…Looking forward to building a very active partnership especially with the great Team at Maui County Sisters Cities Foundation, Inc. With love and aloha, Elisabeth Jenssen …”


Birthplace of Admiral Jean-Francois de Galaup comte de Laperouse.

An inscripted monument at Keone’o’io, known today as La Perouse Bay, on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, was draped with fragrant, multi-colored plumeria blossom lei this weekend to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the first European landing on May 30, 1786.

Maui County Sister Cities Foundation's photo.





 Maui County Sister Cities Foundation



as we honor our 15-Year Sister Cities Relationship with Albi, France

[birthplace of Jean François de Galaup, comte de La Perouse]

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

10:00 a.m.

At the lava rock INSCRIPTION MONUMENT by the roadside at the beginning of La Perouse Bay


Richard Minatoya, Chair

Alexa Betts Basinger, Vice Chair

Lori Teragawachi, Secretary

Virgil Viernes, Treasurer

La Perouse Bay is named after a French naval officer and explorer (Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse) who was the first European to set foot on Maui in May, 1786. He was appointed in 1785 by France’s King Louis XVI to lead an expedition around the world. Lapérouse and his 220 men left France on August 1,1785, rounded Cape Horn arriving at Easter Island on April 9, 1786. He then sailed to the Sandwich Islands, the present-day Hawaiian Islands, where on May 30, 1786 he became the first European to set foot on the island of Maui.

The Hawaiian name of La Perouse Bay is Keone’o’io.

MCSCF Members Honor Sister City Albi, France


An inscripted lava rock monument at Keone’ō’io, known today as La Perouse Bay, on the

Hawaiian Island of Maui was draped with fragrant, multi-colored plumeria

blossom lei this weekend to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the landing of Admiral

Jean Francois de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse on May 30, 1786.

The monument inscription reads:


On May 30th, 1786 French Admiral Jean-Francois de Galaup Comte De La Pérouse,

Commanding The Two Frigates La Boussole And L’astrolabe,

Was The First Known European

Navigator To Land At Keoneʻoʻio Also Called La Pérouse Bay On The Island Of Maui.

Donated By The Friends Of La Pérouse On May 30th 1994


Maui County, Hawaii and Albi, France celebrate their 15th anniversary!


Became official Sister Cities in March 2, 2001 via Resolution No. 01-34






The Maui County Sister Cities program began in 1964. The Foundation is a volunteer group of citizens who, with the support of local elected officials, create and maintain long-term relationships with people in cities around the world.

From Maui County’s first Sister City relationship with Hachijo Island, Tokyo, Japan in February, 1964, to its most recent Sister City of Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea in February, 2012, Maui County enjoys 26 relationships around the globe.


Keone’ō’io, La Perouse Bay, looking toward Kahoʻolawe Island.


“… the island of Mowhee (Maui) looked delightful …. We could see waterfalls tumbling down the mountainside into the sea … the trees crowning the mountains, the greenery, the banana trees we could see around the houses, all this gave rise to a feeling of inexpressible delight.”

“… the waves were breaking wildly against the rocks and, like new Tantaluses, we were reduced to yearning, devouring with our eyes what was beyond our reach.”




Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse was born August 23, 1741, in Albi, France, the eldest son of a well-to-do middle-class family of landowners from Albi in Southern France (Lapérouse was the name of a family property that he added to his name.)

After an early education at the Jesuit College in Albi, at the age of 15, he joined the French Navy. He was engaged in the struggle between France and England in Canada and was taken prisoner by the British at the disastrous naval battle of Quiberon Bay; he spent two-years in captivity.

Repatriated from England, he was posted again to sea duties; for five years he was engaged in defense of the French possessions in the Indian Ocean.

Then, the American Revolutionary War began (1775–1783.) In 1778, the French, through Treaty of Alliance, entered on the side of the Americans and provided military support to the Colonies.

After the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (ending the American Revolutionary War for the foreign allies,) France’s King Louis XVI supported a French expedition around the world. Interested in geography, and eagerly following the voyages of Captain Cook, he decided to send an exhibition on a voyage of discovery that would rival the achievements of Cook.

La Pérouse left the French port of Brest in August, 1785 and headed south. In the next 2 ½-years, his ships L’Astrolabe and La Boussole would sail many thousands of miles and cross the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans several times.

Laperouse’s journal while at Maui notes he honored the first instruction: “Although the French are the first to have stepped onto the island of Mowee (Maui) in recent times, I did not take possession of it in the King’s name.”

“This European practice is too utterly ridiculous, and philosophers must reflect with some sadness that, because one has muskets and canons, one looks upon 60,000 inhabitants as worth nothing, ignoring their rights over a land where for centuries their ancestors have been buried, which they have watered with their sweat, and whose fruits they pick to bring them as offerings to the so-called new landlords.”

La Pérouse stayed at Maui for only two days. He then sailed westward passing between Kahoʻolawe and Lānaʻi and into the channel between Molokaʻi and Oʻahu.

The places the expedition visited between 1785 and 1788 included Alaska, California, Hawaiʻi, Korea, Japan, Russia, Tahiti, Samoa and finally the east coast of Australia.

The last official sighting of the La Pérouse expedition was in March 1788 when British lookouts stationed at the South Head of Port Jackson saw the ex-pedition sail from Botany Bay. The expedition was wrecked on the reefs of Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands during a cyclone sometime during April or May 1788.


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