APCC Delegation Returns Home

The APCC Delegates arrive in Honolulu

The APCC Delegates arrive in Honolulu

On July 25, the APCC delegates returned home to Honolulu after a ten day stay in Fukuoka, Japan where they took part in the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, which was held from July 14 – 25, 2011. Hosted by the Fukuoka government, the APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. Read More

Hawaii delegates depart for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

The APCC delegates meet with Governor Abercrombie before their departure

The APCC delegates meet with Governor Abercrombie before their departure

Parents and children were both anxious and excited as the six Hawaii Junior Ambassadors (Kailoa Akaka, Kevan Elias, Ian Shigezawa, Jocelyn Bonilla, Shyen Hirabayashi, and Betsy Wo) departed for the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan on Thursday, July 14. They were accompanied by chaperone Daniel Hwang, Peace Ambassadors Jacob Saiki and Kara Tsuzaki, and former Peace Ambassador and Bridge Club Hawaii (APCC alumni association) founder Colby Takeda. For most of the Junior Ambassadors (JAs) this is their first trip overseas. They will spend a total of ten days in Fukuoka — seven days with a host family and three days at camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different countries. Read More

JAs Learn About Japanese Food

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

On Saturday, June 25, for their fifth workshop to prepare for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, the six Junior Ambassadors were joined by Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki, Bridge Club Hawaii founder Colby Takeda, chaperones Daniel Hwang and Cheryl Parker, and JASH staff for a special workshop on “Tasting Japanese Food.” Read More

2011 APCC Peace Ambassadors Selected

Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki

Peace Ambassador Jacob Saiki

JASH is pleased to announce that the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) office in Fukuoka Japan has selected two Peace Ambassadors this year to represent Hawaii at the 23rd annual APCC in Fukuoka in July. The two PAs are Jacob Saiki, an 11th grader at Hawaii Baptist Academy and Kara Tsuzaki, an 11th grader at Punahou School. Read More

Hilton Hawaiian Village Hosts its 15th Consecutive 5:01

JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura greets guests

JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura greets guests

On Friday, June 10, about 130 JASH members and guests enjoyed food and conversation with Hawaiian music playing in the background. Guests included members of JAS Miyakonojo led by President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura, who made their 15th annual appearance, as well as Akita JAS member Hiroko Sekiguchi and family. Attendees had the opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new friends. Read More

Junior Ambassadors learn about team building at Camp Erdman

 JAs Ian Shigezawa and Jocelyn Bonilla, Chaperone Daniel Hwang and PA Kara Tsuzaki help each other during the Team Development Course


JAs Ian Shigezawa and Jocelyn Bonilla, Chaperone Daniel Hwang and PA Kara Tsuzaki help each other during the Team Development Course

During the weekend of April 30 – May 1, the six Junior Ambassadors accompanied by 2011 chaperone Daniel Hwang and 2012 chaperone Cheryl Parker, along with JASH staff Marsha Yokomichi and Kristi Mitchell took part in an overnight stay at Camp Erdman in Waialua. Read More

The 2011 APCC Mission Project in Hawaii

 JASH staff says �Aloha' to the APCC delegates before they depart for Fukuoka, Japan.


JASH staff says “Aloha” to the APCC delegates before they depart for Fukuoka, Japan.

Fifteen Japanese students and three chaperones from Fukuoka arrived in Honolulu to stay with host families as part of the Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Mission Project program from March 25 – 30, 2011. Each summer, the APCC generously sponsors Hawaii’s Junior Ambassadors (JAs) for a global youth camp and home stay with host families in Fukuoka. This is the third time JASH has hosted a return Mission Project of Fukuoka students to Hawaii. In addition to Hawaii, other Mission Project program delegates were sent to Singapore, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia and Maldives. Read More

2011 APCC Junior Ambassadors Selected

2011 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention Junior Ambassadors and Chaperone Daniel Hwang

2011 Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention Junior Ambassadors and Chaperone Daniel Hwang

In January, JASH selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) from across the state to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 15-27, 2011. Hosted by the Fukuoka based NPO by the same name, the APCC promotes international relationships between children with the goal of them becoming adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. A total of 222 children from 43 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. The students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone, Daniel Hwang, as parents are not allowed to accompany the JAs. Read More