Over 450 guests celebrated JASH’s most recent milestone — its 40th Anniversary — at the Annual Dinner held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballrooms on September 29, 2016. Distinguished guests included Hawaii Gov. David Ige, former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Yasushi Misawa, Consul General of the Republic of Korea Walter Paik, and Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center Wallace Chow.
Master of Ceremonies Kimo Kahoano began the evening with a welcoming oli (chant). A video highlighting JASH’s accomplishments over the last 40 years paid tribute to those instrumental in shaping the Society and its contributions to Hawaii and beyond. JASH also recognized and thanked founding members Dr. Fujio Matsuda and Mr. Siegfried Ramler, who were in attendance.
The talented students of Mrs. Momoko Maniscalco performed impressive musical arrangements during the three-course dinner. Following dinner, JASH Chairman of the Board Sal Miwa brought the Annual Membership Meeting to order with his poi pounder ‘gavel’ and shared a moving video about the Tomodachi-Aloha Leadership Program (TALP), a tribute and testament to the power of JASH’s cultural exchange programs.
JASH presented its Bridge Award to Mr. Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, for his contributions toward building and strengthening the relationship between the United States and Japan, in part through his work at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
Keynote speaker, Vice Admiral Yoji Koda (Ret.), of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Fleet (JMSDF), spoke about his experience in the JMSDF, working closely with the U.S. armed forces following the events of September 11, 2001, and his commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance. He concluded his speech with heartfelt remarks, stating that the people of Japan will always support the people of the United States.
JASH extends sincere thanks to its table sponsors, donors, student performers, volunteers, and all those who attended.
Photos from the event courtesy of Mr. Tony Grillo (Artistic Mindz Photography) and Ms. Wendy Lum (JASH Volunteer):
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