On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the annual Tomodachi Holiday Tea at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki brought together JASH members and guests for an afternoon of singing, merriment, and beautiful ocean views.
Special guests included Yoko Misawa, wife of the Honorable Yasushi Misawa, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu. Bobby Moderow, Jr., of Maunalua — the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning trio – began the festivities with his slack key guitar artistry and falsetto voice.
As attendees enjoyed finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours, and a selection of tea, Preston Kauwe and David Nakanishi of Scarlet Cord performed holiday music that encouraged a fun sing-a-long.
In the spirit of holidays, attendees brought items that are mottainai (too good to throw away) for a clever gift-exchange game called Lucky Me. Lillian Yajima and her students performed a special holiday hula, with Mrs. Misawa joining in to dance “Mele Kalikimaka Hula.”
The Tomodachi Co-Chairs, Hiroko Dewitz and Chikako Lobley, organized the Holiday Tea, and volunteer photographer Ray Tabata captured the event in pictures.