Sheraton Waikiki Receives Prized Koi From Nagaoka, Japan

March 14, 2016

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.

Kelly releasing koi

Starwood Hotel and Resorts Managing Director Kelly Sanders releasing koi

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.


The Nishikigoi at Sheraton Waikiki

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.

Mayor Mori and Kelly Sanders, Starwood Hotel and Resorts Managing Director

Mayor Mori and Kelly Sanders, Starwood Hotel and Resorts Managing Director

Roy Amemiya and Mayor Mori

Roy Amemiya and Mayor Mori

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