JASH Junior Ambassadors depart for the 29th Asian Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

After months of preparation, parents and children were both anxious and excited as the JASH Junior Ambassadors departed for the 29th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan on Thursday, July 13, 2017.  They were accompanied by chaperone David Nakanishi and Peace Ambassador Ava Williams.  The delegates will spend eleven days in Fukuoka — seven days with a host family and three days at an Exchange Camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different Asia-Pacific countries and regions.  

APCC Delegates depart to Fukuoka, Japan (l-r:  Junior Ambassadors Yuuka Brown, Sabina Funasaki, Taryn Kimura,  Peace Ambassador Ava Williams, Kyler Shigemi, chaperon David Nakanishi, Rielan Hung and Ryan Handa)

Prior to their departure, the delegates appeared on local news stations with JASH President Reyna Kaneko.  On Wednesday, June 21 and Wednesday, July 5, the JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) made two separate appearances on KITV4  and Hawaii News Now.

 

Click here for the link to the Hawaii News Now segment:  

 http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35817886/japan-america-society-of-hawaii-asian-pacific-childrens-convention-junior-ambassadors-program

JASH Junior Ambassadors on the sets of KITV 4 and Hawaii News Now

On June 23, the delegates were also given the opportunity to meet with Governor David Ige in his Executive Chambers.  For many of the JAs and their families this was the first time to meet the Governor.  Governor Ige offered friendly advice to the JAs on what it means to be an ambassador and answered questions from the Ambassadors on topics ranging from food to his own experiences serving as Governor.

JASH Junior Ambassadors  along with JASH President Reyna Kaneko and APCC Coordinator David Nakanishi meet with Governor David Ige on June 23, 2017

The delegation will return to Honolulu on July 25th.