2016 Junior Ambassador Team Bonding

April has been a very busy month for the JASH Junior Ambassadors! From April 30 – May 1, 2016, the JAs had an overnight stay at the YMCA’s Camp Erdman on the North Shore. Their time at camp served to strengthen their relationship as a delegation and to learn to bond as a team. The JAs participated in a Team Development Course run by the YMCA in which they had to solve complex puzzles and games that tested their communication skills and forced them to rely on each other. These activities allowed the JAs to learn more about the other members of their delegation and how they can support each other as a group.  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

Junior Ambassadors Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday April 2, 2016, the JAs went on a field trip to Don Quijote Store in Honolulu to learn about and try a variety of Japanese foods. The six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) along with the APCC Hawaii Peace Ambassador Jocelyn Bonilla, chaperone Dori Kim, and JASH staff members Elizabeth Stanton-Barrera and David Nakanishi participated in a “scavenger hunt” activity to expose the JAs to some of the foods they may encounter during their time in Japan. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Spring McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Students try their hand at soroban

The Society held its bi-annual Japan Day program, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation, on March 10, 2016. The program, now in its 23rd year, is the Society’s longest running educational program. Over 100 students representing Farrington High School, Hanalani Schools, Hilo High School and Saint Louis School gathered together at Pacific Beach Hotel for a half-day of Japanese cultural activities. 35 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and “Life Skills and Personal Success: Attributes of a Global Citizen.” Read More

Japan-in-a-Suitcase Visits Lanai High and Elementary School on the island of Lanai

Volunteer Mrs. Noreen Kawachika teaches a 1st grad how to look at a picture from a new perspective

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the 350 students of Lanai High and Elementary School (LHES) enjoyed presentations of Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JIAS) by Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) staff member Becky Ebisu and Volunteers Karen Fuse and Noreen Kawachika. This was all made possible through the kind and generous grant from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. This grant supports JASH’s Japan-in-a-Suitcase program yearly to continue the presentations which share Japanese school life with the children of Hawaii.Read More

JETAA Shinnenkai – February 5, 2016

JETAA JASH Japan America Society of Hawaii

JETAA JASH Japan America Society of Hawaii

As a collaborator in JASH’s Project Reach Out (PRO), the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (JETAA) Hawaii held its Shinnenkai with special guest speaker Grant Newsham, who spoke about the “other side” of Japan organized crime and its effects.



According to JETAA President John Anbe, “This was a night full of shock, awe, and amazing anecdotes. Because of our partnership with JASH, we were able to find a great speaker. Our members were so intrigued by Grant that we ran out of time during his Q&A!” PRO is supported by a generous grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Meet the 2016 JASH Junior Ambassadors to the APCC

2016 JASH Junior Ambassadors with chaperone Dori Kim

2016 JASH Junior Ambassadors with chaperone Dori Kim

On January 9, 2016, a JASH committee selected six 11-year-old students (three boys and three girls) to represent Hawaii as JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 28th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 9 – 24, 2016. A total of 226 children from 44 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. The delegation will be led by JASH volunteer Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian Studies Teacher at Aina Haina Elementary.Read More

Students from Nagaoka, Japan Meet with University of Hawaii Students to Discuss Peace

Students from Nagaoka and the University of Hawaii gather at the East West Center to talk about peace

On Monday, December 7, 2015, JASH helped to organize ten students from Gladys Nakahara’s Fourth-year Japanese for Advanced Speakers course at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to meet with six high school and university students from Nagaoka, Japan who were in Honolulu to participate in a Peace Exchange Program. The 17 students spent the afternoon at the East West Center’s Burns Hall enjoying a bento lunch and getting to know each other. Lots of conversation in both English and Japanese was heard throughout the meeting.

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JASH Brings Soroban to Kawananakoa Middle School and Niu Valley Middle School

JASH brought Soroban in the Schools to Kawananakoa Middle School and Niu Valley Middle School during the 2014 – 2015 school year

During the 2014 – 2015 school year, JASH brought soroban, the Japanese abacus, instruction to two middle schools on Oahu: Kawananakoa Middle School and Niu Valley Middle School. 32 students participated in the afterschool program at Niu Valley MS, while 15 students participated in the afterschool classes offered at Kawananakoa MS. Read More