One hundred forty-seven people attended this year’s 5:01 networking event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (HHV) Beach Resort & Spa on June 8th. Each year, JASH corporate member HHV hosts a networking event for JASH and its visitors from Japan who attend the following day’s Waikiki Beach Cleanup. This year, nine members of the Japan-America Society of Fukuoka and one member of The America-Japan Society of Tama Tokyo came all the way from Japan to attend this event. The next day, the visitors joined JASH volunteers for the Waikiki Beach Cleanup.
The evening began with a welcome by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, joined by his wife Judy. Mayor Carlisle pointed to all the good work done by JASH in promoting U.S.-Japan relations, while praising its work providing relief to Japan following the tragic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident last March.
The HHV 5:01 has also traditionally been the event JASH introduces the year’s Asian-Pacific Children Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors (JA) to the attendees. This year’s JAs performed a Hawaiian chant and hula which they will demonstrate to children from other countries who will gather at the APCC in Fukuoka in July. JASH was also honored to welcome former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle to whom past APCC Junior Ambassadors presented a gift for her support during her time in office meeting with the JA’s prior to and after their trip to Japan. This year’s Cherry Blossom Queen and Court welcomed the guests.
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