October 28, 2011
During the Aquarium’s Southeast Asia Day festival held in October 2011, the Aquarium presented the Heritage Award to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles for outstanding community service and promoting cultural awareness. Consul General Hadi Martono accepted the award on the consulate’s behalf. Southeast Asia Day celebrates the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.
The consulate’s mission is to provide service to the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and the United States. The consulate serves the Indonesian communities within eight accreditation states in the U.S.: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, as well as several islands in the Pacific, such as Guam and American Samoa. The Indonesian populations in these states comprise the largest Indonesian community in the United States.
There has been a steady increase in Indonesian exports and imports through the Port of Long Beach. The government of the Republic of Indonesia sees the City of Los Angeles and the surrounding region as a prime channel of trade, for it is the gateway from Asian Pacific nations to the United States. However, the relationship between the Republic of Indonesia and the United States goes beyond economics. The consulate is also a counterpart of various U.S. government and non-governmental entities involved in marine preservation of the Pacific Region.
The consulate was elected to represent one of the five nations to perform a ceremonial blessing at the Aquarium’s opening on June 20, 1998. During the ceremony representatives from the five nations, including the Indonesian consul general and an Indonesian boy, poured water drawn from each country.
Since its establishment in 1978, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles and the Indonesian communities of Los Angeles have hosted and participated in numerous cultural events. The consulate presents Indonesian dance performances and cultural exhibits each year at the Aquarium’s International Children’s Day Festival and Southeast Asia Day.