JASH and Japanese Visitors Participate in Waikiki Beach Cleanup

JASH President Ed Hawkins with Japanese visitors who assisted with beach cleanup: to his right, Tama Tokyo's Mr. Shoichi Suzuki; front row far left, JAS Fukuoka's Motoyuki Murahashi

JASH President Ed Hawkins with Japanese visitors who assisted with beach cleanup: to his right, Tama Tokyo’s Mr. Shoichi Suzuki; front row far left, JAS Fukuoka’s Motoyuki Murahashi

Saturday, June 9th was a glorious day in Waikiki. Sixty-eight members and guests of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii joined other volunteers to perform a public service to the City and County of Honolulu. Each year, Waikiki’s Ohana Workforce under the leadership of Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) organizes cleanups of Waikiki Beach as a way to promote pride in our city and beaches. JASH and its members have supported this project for many years. Several Japan-America Societies in Japan make the trip to Honolulu each year to participate.

This year, nine members of the Japan-America Society of Fukuoka attended, plus Mr. Shoichi Suzuki, Executive Director of the Tama Tokyo America-Japan Society. Dutifully at 6:30 a.m., the volunteers gathered at the Duke Kahanamoku statue at Kuhio Beach Park to a breakfast of rolls and coffee prepared by the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, one of the sponsors. WIA’s Rick Egged welcomed the volunteers, who included JASH’s Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention Junior Ambassadors (JA) and former JA’s who comprise Bridge Club Hawaii. They were all introduced the previous night at the Hilton Hawaiian 5:01. Following the introduction, the volunteers boarded trolleys to starting points at Hilton Hawaiian Village and Kaimana Beach.

APCC Junior Ambassadors and Bridge Club Hawaii preparing for the cleanup

APCC Junior Ambassadors and Bridge Club Hawaii preparing for the cleanup

JASH would like to thank all the volunteers, especially our friends who came all the way from Japan for this event. Events such as these continue to promote close relations between the people of Hawaii and Japan while supporting the Hawaii community.

For more photos of the Waikiki Beach Cleanup, please visit the JASH Facebook page.