Junior Ambassadors Bond in the Mountains of Camp Timberline

Chaperone Kevin Matsuda with the six  Junior Ambassadors at the Camp Timberline low ropes course

Since being selected as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) representing Hawaii in February 2015, the six JAs have been learning more about Japan and the other countries that will be sending delegates to the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka from July 10 – 22, 2015. Each month since being selected, they have attended a workshop at the JASH office which taught them a Japanese language lesson and some interesting cultural aspects about Japan. They have also practiced their hula performance that they will share in Fukuoka. Read More

2015 APCC Mission Project Delegation Visit Hawaii

The 2015 Mission Project delegation and host families at the Welcome Ceremony

Fifteen students and three chaperones comprised this year’s Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Mission Project delegation, visiting Honolulu, Hawaii from Wednesday, March 25 to Monday, March 30, 2015. Students from Japan were able to engage in the melting-pot culture and natural beauty of Hawaii through 15 volunteer host families. This is the fifth time the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) has hosted a Mission Project delegation from Fukuoka. In addition to Hawaii, other Mission Project delegates from Fukuoka were sent to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Palau, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. Read More

Meet the 2015 JASH Junior Ambassadors to the APCC

2015 JASH Junior Ambassadors with chaperone Kevin Matsuda

On February 7, a JASH selection committee selected six 11-year-old students (three boys and three girls) to represent Hawaii as JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 27th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 9 – 22, 2015. A total of 232 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. The delegation will be led by JASH volunteer Kevin Matsuda, Executive Director of the Hawaii Council on Economic Education. Read More

Junior Ambassadors Travel to the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

The APCC delegates at Marine House Camp

The APCC delegates at Marine House Camp

After six months of attending workshops to prepare for their trip, Hawaii’s six Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors, (Kala Handa, Diesel Kawelo, Andrew-Lee Smith, Chelley Endo, Sunny Monaco and Misa Muranaka) along with Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown and chaperone Dori Nishijo-Kim departed for Fukuoka on July 9, 2014. They spent two weeks there taking part in the 26th APCC, which was held from July 10 – 23, 2014. Read More

2014 APCC Junior Ambassadors Selected

The newly selected 2014 Junior Ambassadors with volunteer chaperone Makua Dori Kim

The newly selected 2014 Junior Ambassadors with volunteer chaperone Makua Dori Kim

JASH selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 26th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 10- 24, 2014. Hosted by the Fukuoka based NPO by the same name and supported by the Fukuoka government, APCC promotes relationships between children from different countries with the goal of creating adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. A total of 230 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. Hawaii is one of two cities in the U.S. that will send a delegation. The students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone. The students will also participate in home stays with host Japanese families. Read More

Junior Ambassadors travel to the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

Hawaii delegates at Tenjin Park on the day of the "We are the Bridge" Festival

Hawaii delegates at Tenjin Park on the day of the “We are the Bridge” Festival

Twelve delegates from Hawaii traveled to Fukuoka, Japan this July to take part in the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). Six “Junior Ambassadors” (Brett Castro, Cole Ichikawa, Wesley Yamada, Kate Helbush, Kiana Kawahara and Megan Oshiro) along with “Peace Ambassador” David Nakanishi, Chaperone Daniel Hwang, Bridge Club Head Officer Jacob Saiki, Bridge Club Hawaii Founder Colby Takeda, Bridge Club President Korie Lum and JASH Intern Tomoko Hamamatsu all attended and took part in the 25th APCC which was held from July 12 – 22, 2013. All attendees were sponsored by APCC Fukuoka. Read More

JASH Helps Support 442nd RCT Anniversary Event

Students at Jeanne D'arc School in Bruyeres and their teacher presenting the paper crane to Martial Hillaire

Students at Jeanne D’arc School in Bruyeres and their teacher presenting the paper crane to Martial Hillaire

Many may not know or appreciate that the City of Bruyeres in France and Honolulu are sister cities…why the connection? It has to do with the liberation of Bruyeres in the Vosges Mountains of France from Nazi occupation by the Nikkei soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion. On Saturday, March 23rd, the Sons and Daughters of the 442nd RCT held a memorial service at Waikiki’s Army Museum to remember all who served. Read More

APCC Delegation Returns Home

The Hawaii delegates on the set of Hawaii News Now Sunrise Program

The Hawaii delegates on the set of Hawaii News Now Sunrise Program

On Tuesday, July 24, the 2012 APCC delegation returned home to Honolulu after a ten day stay in Fukuoka, Japan where they took part in the 24th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, which was held from July 13 – 24, 2012. Read More

JASH and Japanese Visitors Participate in Waikiki Beach Cleanup

JASH President Ed Hawkins with Japanese visitors who assisted with beach cleanup: to his right, Tama Tokyo's Mr. Shoichi Suzuki; front row far left, JAS Fukuoka's Motoyuki Murahashi

JASH President Ed Hawkins with Japanese visitors who assisted with beach cleanup: to his right, Tama Tokyo’s Mr. Shoichi Suzuki; front row far left, JAS Fukuoka’s Motoyuki Murahashi

Saturday, June 9th was a glorious day in Waikiki. Sixty-eight members and guests of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii joined other volunteers to perform a public service to the City and County of Honolulu. Each year, Waikiki’s Ohana Workforce under the leadership of Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) organizes cleanups of Waikiki Beach as a way to promote pride in our city and beaches. JASH and its members have supported this project for many years. Several Japan-America Societies in Japan make the trip to Honolulu each year to participate.Read More

Large Gathering at Hilton Hawaiian Village 5:01 Networking Event

Tama Tokyo JAS's Mr. Suzuki with Cherry Blossom Queen Erin Morimoto and Court who helped greet guests (our thanks to the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce).

Tama Tokyo JAS’s Mr. Suzuki with Cherry Blossom Queen Erin Morimoto and Court who helped greet guests (our thanks to the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce).

One hundred forty-seven people attended this year’s 5:01 networking event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (HHV) Beach Resort & Spa on June 8th. Each year, JASH corporate member HHV hosts a networking event for JASH and its visitors from Japan who attend the following day’s Waikiki Beach Cleanup. This year, nine members of the Japan-America Society of Fukuoka and one member of The America-Japan Society of Tama Tokyo came all the way from Japan to attend this event. The next day, the visitors joined JASH volunteers for the Waikiki Beach Cleanup. Read More