Nagaoka City Students Exchange Perspectives on Peace with University of Hawaii at Manoa Students

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Nagaoka students meet with University of Hawaii students at the EWC.

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 27 students from Nagaoka City and the University of Hawaii at Manoa met at the East West Center for a discussion on peace and its meaning to today’s generation.  The 12 university and high school students from Japan were participants in Nagaoka City’s Peace Exchange Program.  The 15 UHM students were enrolled in Gladys Nakahara Sensei’s Fourth-year Japanese for Advanced Speakers course.  Over lunch, the students enjoyed the exchange of ideas about peace.  

The Nagaoka City students visited Honolulu with a full 4-day itinerary that included visits to the USS Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Arizona Memorial, and attendance at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony on December 7.  The students also paid their respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial and Punchbowl Cemetery.  In addition to meeting with UHM students, they also visited the Kamehameha Schools.

JASH is pleased to partner with the Nagaoka International Exchange Association in helping to foster cross-cultural learning and understanding through the exchange of perspectives between younger generations of Japan and Hawaii.    

JASH Continues to Foster Ehime-Hawaii Sister State Relationship

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Students learn how to play POGS at a JASH office visit on July 22, 2016.

On Friday, July 22, 2016, JASH welcomed fifteen students from two schools in the Ehime prefecture of Japan. As a sister state of Honolulu, Ehime maintains a strong connection to the islands; especially following the tragic Ehime Maru accident of 2001, the states are committed to working together to better relations between the people of both countries. During their visit, Uwajima Minami Secondary School and Matsuyama Higashi High School students played icebreaker games with JASH staff, interns, and volunteers, were introduced to JASH’s activities through a presentation by President Lenny Yajima, and were treated to delicious yakisoba made by Mr. Atsushi Takebayashi of Move4Japan.

Friday’s visit followed that of two groups of students from Uwajima and Okinawa in 2015 as part of the Society’s Sister School Relationship Program.

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2016 TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program delegates visit Tohoku, Japan

TALP delegates meet students at Onagawa Junior High School

TALP delegates meet students at Onagawa Junior High School

Six delegates between the ages 12-20, along with chaperone Daniel Hwang and videographer Colby Takeda, returned to Honolulu on June 28, 2016 after spending one week in the Tohoku region of Japan as part of the 2016 TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program (TALP).  JASH has been sending delegates to Tohoku since 2013, and as the fourth TALP delegation, these students were appreciative of the opportunity to reunite with friends they had made through Rainbow For Japan Kids (RFJK). Read More

TOMODACHI- Aloha Leadership Prepares for upcoming Tohoku Trip

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, delegates of the 2016 TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program met at the JASH office to plan and prepare for their upcoming trip to Tohoku, Japan next month. The TOMODACHI Aloha Leadership Program (TALP) envisions creating generations of Japanese and Americans dedicated to perpetuating the important Japan-America relationship, bettering their communities, and empowering themselves to become global-minded leaders in their schools and organizations. Read More

TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program Delegates Visit Tohoku, Japan

TALP Delegates reunite with RFJK students in Onagawa

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) sent six students ranging in age from 12 – 22, along with chaperon Daniel Hwang, tothe Tohokuregion of Japan as part of the 2015 TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program (TALP) from July 7 – 15, 2015. The purpose of the trip was to reconnect with participants of the Rainbow For Japan Kids Program (RFJK). The funding for this program came from a generous grant given by the TOMODACHI Initiative and another private donor. This was the third year in a row that Hawaii students have been able to travel to Tohoku to visit and reconnect with the friends made here in Hawaii who have participated in the RFJK program, which allows Japanese students affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to travel to Hawaii for mental and physical recuperation in addition to learning about Hawaii’s culture. Read More

TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program Delegates Travel to Tohoku

TALP Delegates at Honolulu International Airport: (back row, l – r: JASH Educational Assistant David Nakanishi, JASH Educational Director Liz Barrera, Sarah Tamashiro, chaperone Daniel Hwang, Malakai Shiraki, Logan Takeda, JASH President Lenny Yajima; front row, l – r: Seri Nakamura, Moana Ueda and Shayna Kim)

After one month of training workshops and other events, JASH sent six delegates (ages 12 – 22) and one volunteer chaperone, Daniel Hwang, to the Tohoku region as part of the TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program (TALP) on July 7, 2015. The purpose of this trip is for the Hawaii delegates to reconnect with Japanese students who had participated (or will participate) in the Rainbow for Japan Kids (RFJK) program in Hawaii.Read More

TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program Reunion Party

TOMODACHI Alumni and BCH members enjoy time to network and share their experiences

On June 20, 2015, JASH partnered with the Bridge Club Hawaii (BCH) to create the first annual TOMODACHI – Aloha Leadership Program Reunion Party. About fourteen delegates from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 trips to Tohoku attended the potluck lunch at the JASH office. This inaugural party featured two guests: Giovanni Douresseau, a TOMODACHI Inouye Scholar from Los Angeles, California; and Atsushi Takebayashi, the founder of Move4Japan, from Honolulu. BCH members shared popular dishes with Mr. Douresseau to allow him to experience some of the local culture. Mr. Takebayashi generously shared some of his famous yakisoba, which he cooks for the people affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in the Tohoku region through his non-profit organization, Move4Japan. Read More

Tomodachi-Initiative Hawaii Delegates Bring Hope and Hula to Rainbow for Japan Kids Alumni

Hawaii delegates dance hula at Otsuchi Collaborative School as part of a variety of cultural exchange activities

Hawaii delegates dance hula at Otsuchi Collaborative School as part of a variety of cultural exchange activities

In July 2014, ten students from ages 13 to 19, along with chaperones Daniel Hwang and Wendy Lum, ventured to the northern region of Japan’s main island to reconnect with Japanese students who had participated in the Rainbow for Japan Kids (RFJK) program in Honolulu, Hawaii. This program offers Japanese children – often left homeless and even parent-less by the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011 – a chance to relax and recuperate, in the hopes that they will bring fonder memories back to their homes. These memories are forged by one of the program’s primary goals, which is to create lasting friendships with Hawaii children through a 2-day camp and outdoor activities that immerse Japanese kids in Hawaii’s natural beauty. Read More

Hawaii’s Kids visit Tohoku to Reconnect with Japanese Kids

Hawaii’s kids help clean Shichigahama Beach park in Miyagi Prefecture as part of their volunteer activity during the Japan trip

Eight youth from Hawaii ages 13-18 visited northern Japan recently to reconnect with Japanese kids who visited Hawaii under the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) sponsored Rainbow for Japan Kids (RFJK) project. JASH has been bringing Japanese children directly affected by the 3/11 disaster to Hawaii for rest, recuperation, and physical/psychological relief. Read More

Rainbow for Japan Kids Project Receives Award from Japanese Consulate

Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo presenting the certificate of commendation to JASH President Ed Hawkins

Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo presenting the certificate of commendation to JASH President Ed Hawkins

As part of the festivities at this year’s Emperor’s birthday celebration on December 14, 2011, JASH was presented with a special certificate of commendation from the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu. The Consul General decided to recognize organizations in Hawaii that assisted with immediate disaster relief efforts following the tragic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11th in Japan’s northeast region. The Rainbow for Japan Kids project, which JASH is a partner with JAL Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, and Studio Rim Hawaii, brings children from the affected regions of Japan to Hawaii for rest, recuperation, and physical/psychological relief. The other individuals and organizations honored were Aloha for Japan statewide fundraising campaign (represented by Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz), Aloha Initiative (represented by Mr. Keith Regan), and Mrs. Andy Walsh (wife of Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick Walsh). Read More