On Tuesday, July 24, the 2012 APCC delegation returned home to Honolulu after a ten day stay in Fukuoka, Japan where they took part in the 24th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, which was held from July 13 – 24, 2012. Hosted by the Fukuoka government, the APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. The Hawaii delegates spent the first three nights at Marine House Camp with 218 children from 42 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The delegates then took part in a discussion period at a local elementary school to discuss how to make the world a better place.
Following the one day visit at Hirao Elementary, the delegates all went home with their Japanese host families where they stayed for the next six nights. They did not meet again until July 21, when everyone got together for the APCC “We Are the Bridge” cultural exchange festival at Tenjin Central Park in Fukuoka City. There, the Hawaii delegates performed a hula to the song Ulupalakua.
After their return to Hawaii, the delegates were fortunate to be featured on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise Program on July 26. Click here for the link to the video segment.
On August 4, the delegates and their parents met for one last workshop at the JASH office where they shared their experiences being a part of the APCC program this year. Everyone who attended the last workshop was pleased to hear about all that the children had learned while in Fukuoka. JASH would like to thank all of the families and friends who helped to prepare the delegation for their trip.