JASH Celebrates the Season of Giving at the Holiday Gala & Auction


Benefit Auctioneer, Ms. Sherry Truhlar, facilitates an exciting bidding war.

On December 8, 2016, a sold-out crowd of nearly 250 JASH members and guests attended the annual JASH Holiday Gala and Auction at the Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery Iwilei to raise funds for the Society.

This festive event featured a night of fun and fabulous finds, including vacation packages to New York City and West Korea/Seoul; Honolulu Fish Auction tour and breakfast at Nico’s at Pier 38; a round of golf and lunch at the exclusive Waialae Country Club; a wide array of restaurant gift cards; impressive holiday décor, and rare experiences such as a weekend getaway to Maui, which included airfare, rental car, and an exclusive tour of the Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm.


Guests browse and bid on their favorite items.


An impressive selection of Silent Auction items.

The evening opened with a Silent Auction of over 120 items. JASH Junior Ambassadors – 11-year-olds who participated in the July 2016 Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention – greeted guests and shared about JASH’s work in the community and the impact JASH has had on them.

For the second year in a row, the evening’s Live Auction, facilitated by professional benefit auctioneer, Ms. Sherry Truhlar, sparked lively bidding wars among guests who rapidly raised numbered bid cards. All proceeds from the Gala will help JASH fulfill its mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States.


Delegates from several of JASH’s Educational Programs gather at the JASH ‘Photo Spot’.

For the first time in JASH’s history, all of the items, from both the Silent and Live Auctions, were sold!

JASH would like to thank Ms. Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions, her assistant Mr. Vernon Bates, JASH Vice Chair Mr. Steve Sombrero and the staff at Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms.

To our guests, donors, and volunteers, many thanks for your continued support of JASH.