Sheraton Waikiki Receives Prized Koi From Nagaoka, Japan
On Sunday, March 13, Sheraton Waikiki received a donation of 25 renowned Nishikigoi (multi-colored ornamental carp) from Nagaoka, Japan.
The fish were placed in the koi pond near Sheraton Waikiki’s main lobby.
Nishikigoi, known as swimming jewels, bring great pride to the citizens of Nagaoka.
In the harsh mountainous region known for its heavy snowfall, the Nagaoka people customarily raised edible black carp as a source of protein.
One day, a mutant red carp was born.
Since then, over a span of more than 200 years, breeders have created about 100 different varieties of Nishikigoi through their efforts in research and selective breeding.
Most Nishikigoi bred in Nagaoka are exported overseas and admired in many parts of the world.
Nishikigoi are also known as a symbol of peace because they are non-aggressive by nature and always get along harmoniously in a school even if Nishikigoi from different places are suddenly put all together into the same tank or pond.
As a part of peace exchange programs between the sister cities of Nagaoka and Honolulu, Nagaoka’s Nishikigoi are being presented to Sheraton Waikiki with wishes for everlasting peace in the world and for the citizens of Honolulu to enjoy.