As part of the festivities at this year’s Emperor’s birthday celebration on December 14, 2011, JASH was presented with a special certificate of commendation from the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu. The Consul General decided to recognize organizations in Hawaii that assisted with immediate disaster relief efforts following the tragic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11th in Japan’s northeast region. The Rainbow for Japan Kids project, which JASH is a partner with JAL Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, and Studio Rim Hawaii, brings children from the affected regions of Japan to Hawaii for rest, recuperation, and physical/psychological relief. The other individuals and organizations honored were Aloha for Japan statewide fundraising campaign (represented by Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz), Aloha Initiative (represented by Mr. Keith Regan), and Mrs. Andy Walsh (wife of Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick Walsh).
The citation reads, ‘Consul-General of Japan extends his deepest regards to Rainbow for Japan Kids represented by Mr. Ed Hawkins, in recognition of its distinguished service in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the U.S. and between Japan and Hawaii.’
Thank you to all the donors, supporters, and benefactors that make Rainbow for Japan Kids project a meaningful and vibrant program for assisting the victims in Japan and building new bridges of friendship. You share in this award.