On Thursday, December 12, JASH members and guests joined together for the annual Tomodachi Christmas Tea at A Cup of Tea in Kailua. It was a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season and relax with some selections of holiday tea. A Cup of Tea provided a lovely backdrop with their festive Christmas décor.
Guests were entertained with guitar music by Charles K. “Uncle Charlie” Morton and everyone participated in a Christmas sing-a-long. An impromptu graceful hula by JASH intern Tomoko Hamamatsu with Uncle Charlie on guitar delighted guests. Tomodachi co-chair Kazuko Love also joined longtime member Lillian Yajima in sharing with guests the easy to follow “Mele Kalikimaka Hula.” A few Tomodachi members also shared with the group some of their family traditions at Christmas. Family and togetherness was definitely a noted trend.
JASH would like to thank Tomodachi Planning Committee member Roberta Sullivan for making the arrangements for this event as well as providing the cute favors. We would also like to thank Charles K. Morton for getting us into the Christmas spirit with his medleys. Mahalo also to Tomodachi member Ray Tabata who captured the event as our volunteer photographer.