JASH & Sister Society JAS Miyakonojo Participate in Waikiki Beach Cleanup

JASH President Ed Hawkins (second from right) with JAS Miyakonojo members and friends

JASH President Ed Hawkins (second from right) with JAS Miyakonojo members and friends

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, about 95 JASH members and friends participated in this year’s Waikiki Ohana Workforce Beach Cleanup. The participants met bright and early at the famous Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Kuhio Beach Park where they enjoyed a breakfast and briefing by the Waikiki Ohaha Workforce director Rich Egged before boarding a shuttle to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa for the start of the cleanup. For the 15th consecutive year, participants included JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura President and its members. They were joined by this year’s Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors and the APCC Bridge Club members who participated as a community service activity. Also joining was a member of the Akita Japan-America Society Hiroko Sekiguchi and her family who were vacationing in Honolulu. The staff of Sendai’s I-Lion School in Honolulu also assisted. The previous evening, the Miyakonojo and Akita JAS guests were hosted at a Hawaii 5:01 event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. JASH would like to thank all of the beach cleanup participants for generously dedicating their time. JASH would like to especially thank Dr. Matsuura and the members of JAS Miyakonojo for 15 years of joint community service and supporting JASH’s mission of “promoting understanding and friendships between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii.”