TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program (TALP)

After the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, a program called “Rainbow for Japan Kids” was started to offer Japanese children —some of who were left homeless and even parent-less by the disaster—a chance to relax and recuperate in Hawaii, in the hopes that they will bring fonder memories back to their homes. While in Hawaii, the RFJK kids met members of Bridge Club Hawaii and built lasting friendships through a two-day camp and outdoor activities that immerse Japanese kids in Hawaii’s natural beauty. The TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program gives Hawaii delegates the rare opportunity to visit RFJK alumni in their hometowns and strengthen the bonds of friendship formed in Hawaii. The 2016 planned itinerary includes visits to the following cities and villages in Tohoku: Sendai City, Onagawa town, Ogatsu, Otsuchi, Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi, Ofunato, Minamisanriku, Kesennuma and Shinchi town. Hawaii delegates will also visit schools and towns that were destroyed by the tsunami and are in the process of rebuilding, and participate in some of the recovery efforts.