JASH & Sister Society JAS Miyakonojo Participate in Waikiki Beach Cleanup

JASH President Ed Hawkins (second from right) with JAS Miyakonojo members and friends

JASH President Ed Hawkins (second from right) with JAS Miyakonojo members and friends

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, about 95 JASH members and friends participated in this year’s Waikiki Ohana Workforce Beach Cleanup. The participants met bright and early at the famous Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Kuhio Beach Park where they enjoyed a breakfast and briefing by the Waikiki Ohaha Workforce director Rich Egged before boarding a shuttle to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa for the start of the cleanup. For the 15th consecutive year, participants included JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura President and its members. They were joined by this year’s Asian Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors and the APCC Bridge Club members who participated as a community service activity. Also joining was a member of the Akita Japan-America Society Hiroko Sekiguchi and her family who were vacationing in Honolulu. The staff of Sendai’s I-Lion School in Honolulu also assisted. The previous evening, the Miyakonojo and Akita JAS guests were hosted at a Hawaii 5:01 event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 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

Operation Tomodachi: Pacific Fleet Commander hosts JASH

JASH Directors, members, CPASF Trustees, East West Center reps, and other community leaders with Admiral Walsh at his headquarters

JASH Directors, members, CPASF Trustees, East West Center reps, and other community leaders with Admiral Walsh at his headquarters

June 10, 2011 was a special day for Directors and members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and other community leaders. At the invitation of Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Patrick Walsh, JASH and other community leaders from Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, and East West Center attended a military briefing by Admiral Walsh on his role as Joint Support Commander during Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. military’s disaster relief operation in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces and the Japanese Government following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11. Admiral Walsh also covered the strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region, putting the U.S. military response to the Japan disaster in perspective. Admiral Walsh then took questions from the attendees, and pointed to the importance of this great alliance between United States and Japan as underscored during Operation Tomodachi. Japanese Consulate staff as well as Japanese Self Defense Force Liaison Officers also attended.

Palolo Elementary School Students Experience Artistic Endeavor


On April 29, 2011, 37 first graders at Palolo Elementary School were in for a treat as artist Toshiaki Tomita visited from Japan to discuss the topics of family and food as part of the Department of Art and Art History’s Visiting Artist Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mr. Tomita was very engaging with the students and encouraging of their artistic creativity. During the class period, each student was handed a few paper plates on which they were first instructed to draw their most and least favorite food(s) along with a brief explanation. The students then shared their drawings and explanations with Mr. Tomita and their classmates. On another paper plate, Mr. Tomita asked the students to draw a picture of their family members around a dining room table, carefully placing each family member in relation to themselves. The goal was for the students to focus on the importance of family and family relationships. Many of the students really enjoyed sharing their creative drawings with Mr. Tomita! 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

21st Annual Friendship Golf Classic

Matson Navigation Lunch sponsor team; Participants attempt the Putting Contest

On Wednesday, April 27, JASH held its 21st Annual Friendship Golf Classic at Pearl Country Club. Funds raised from the tournament support the Society’s many programs including educational programs for Hawaii’s youth. Read More

2011 Spring Japan Day

The Spring 2011 Japan Day was held at Hawaii Tokai International College on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, thanks to the generous grant provided by the McInerny Foundation. A total of 122 students representing Campbell High School, Kailua High School, Lanai High School, Molokai High School, and Sacred Hearts Academy were provided with the unique opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture through various cultural classes including bonsai tree planting, calligraphy, traditional crafts, ikebana flower arranging, kimono wear, soroban (Japanese abacus), and the tea ceremony. For many students, especially those from the neighbor islands, this was their first exposure to the culture and an invaluable experience for all. Everyone was in for a treat with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble’s inspiring performance and taiko sound demonstrations in the Welcome Ceremony!
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DFS Hosts Hawaii 5:01

JASH Chair and DFS Group Vice President, second from left, congratulates prize drawing winners Darryl Toma, Kana Aikawa and David Asanuma

JASH Chair and DFS Group Vice President, second from left, congratulates prize drawing winners Darryl Toma, Kana Aikawa and David Asanuma

JASH Corporate members and guests gathered in the 3rd floor Luxury Room of the DFS Galleria Waikiki on Thursday, April 14 for a Hawaii 5:01 hosted by DFS Hawaii.

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Professor Takeo Iguchi talks about “Demystifying Pearl Harbor”

Professor Iguchi (R) discusses the subject of his talk with co-sponsors (Jeff White, East-West Center; Ken DeHoff, Pacific Aviation Museum, Karen Knudsen, East-West Center

Professor Iguchi (R) discusses the subject of his talk with co-sponsors (Jeff White, East-West Center; Ken DeHoff, Pacific Aviation Museum, Karen Knudsen, East-West Center

Together with co-sponsors East-West Center, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Pacific Historic Parks, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) welcomed Professor Takeo Iguchi, Professor Emeritus of Shobi Gakuen University in Japan, to speak on the subject “Japan’s Road to Pearl Harbor.” Professor Iguchi, former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, is the son of a Japanese diplomat stationed in Washington, D.C. when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Consequently, he has unique insight into the way diplomatic cables between Tokyo and its Embassy in Washington were handled.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