Since being selected as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) representing Hawaii in February 2015, the six JAs have been learning more about Japan and the other countries that will be sending delegates to the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka from July 10 – 22, 2015. Each month since being selected, they have attended a workshop at the JASH office which taught them a Japanese language lesson and some interesting cultural aspects about Japan. They have also practiced their hula performance that they will share in Fukuoka.
In addition to their regular monthly workshops, during the weekend of May 2 – 3, the six Junior Ambassadors and Peace Ambassador Wesley Lum took part in an overnight stay at Camp Timberline in Makakilo. They were accompanied by 2015 chaperone Kevin Matsuda, 2016 chaperone Dori Kim, JASH Educational Program Director Liz Stanton-Barrera and JASH Intern David Nakanishi. It was our first time at Camp Timberline (previous camping trips took place at Camp Erdman in Mokuleia) but this annual camping trip helps the JAs bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs participated in a “low ropes course” where they focused on building trust with one another. They also enjoyed hiking in the mountains, eating smores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practicing their hula performance. The experience helped the group connect together and better prepare them for their journey to Japan in July.