JASH Celebrates “Bonenkai” with Christmas 5:01

Guests enjoy the Halekulani ambience and cuisine while bidding on auction items

Guests enjoy the Halekulani ambience and cuisine while bidding on auction items

This has been a busy year for JASH. Beginning the year with a memorial service for Japanese training ship Ehime Maru victims, to continuing assisting with recovery efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Rainbow for Japan Kids project, and promoting educational and exchange programs with sister cities and societies in Japan to include Nagaoka City and Ehime Prefecture, JASH has stayed busy for the entire year. It was time to “kick back”, look at our accomplishments, get recharged, and dedicate ourselves for the tasks ahead next year. 

Halekulani Hotel and Resort again welcomed JASH, its members, and friends to a holiday social at this world class venue. Its master chefs prepared sumptuous dishes, complemented by a hosted bar and a dessert station. What made the evening even better was the silent auction, filled with over 200 items donated by JASH members and supporters. The nearly 200 who attended enjoyed not only the feast and conversation with members and guests, but many walked away with early Christmas gifts such as getaways and golf packages to other islands, local hotel stays, and guitars and ukulele for themselves or their friends and loved ones. All the proceeds will help JASH with its programs for the coming year. This year, the event welcomed students and advisors from Honolulu’s sister city, Nagaoka, who were in Hawaii to engage in round table discussions with students at the University of Hawaii and to attend the Pearl Harbor Attack memorial ceremony.

JASH would like to thank Halekulani Hotel & Resort, especially Senior Vice President Yoshinori Maeda, for generously sponsoring this premier annual event. We’d also like to thank all the donors and volunteers who made this event possible. The full list of donors can be found here and will be recognized in our upcoming Journal.