Tomodachi Committee Celebrates Hinamatsuri

(L-R) JASH President Ed Hawkins, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo pose in front of the hinaningyo display

(L-R) JASH President Ed Hawkins, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo pose in front of the hinaningyo display

On Tuesday, March 1, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo graciously opened their residence to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s Tomodachi Committee for the annual Hinamatsuri program in celebration of Girl’s Day. Read More

Wally Yonamine, Baseball Trailblazer

Hawaii and Maui born Wally Yonamine, a trailblazer in bringing American “hardball” style baseball to Japan, passed away at the age of 85. A sports standout, Wally was the first Asian American to play football in the NFL and the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II. Though he had many accomplishments both in the United States in Japan, Wally was most noted for bringing his hard-hitting, aggressive, American style of baseball play to Japan, thereby transforming how baseball was played there. Wally faced discrimination both at home and abroad because of his background, but overcame all to become a highly respected player and coach. Later, his charitable work and willingness to teach the younger generation about setting high standards and pursuing personal goals won high accolades from both communities. Read More

JASH Cosponsors Public Seminar “Japan Matters for America”

In cooperation with the East-West Center, JASH sponsored a public seminar led by the Director of the East-West Center in Washington, Dr. Satu Limaye. Dr. Limaye was in Honolulu to discuss the findings from the on-going research project he oversees, which is a comprehensive effort to demonstrate and track Japan’s importance to the U.S. and the United States’ importance to Japan. The project is produced in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation with additional data and analysis provided by the Japan Center for International Exchange. Dr. Limaye previously served as director of research at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and was a Luce Scholar and head of South Asia programs at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. He has also written and edited numerous books and studies, including US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle and Japan in a Dynamic Asia, among others. Read More

JASH Visits Japanese Submarine

JASH members pose with Commander Chihara after touring JS Uzushio

JASH members pose with Commander Chihara after touring JS Uzushio

Members of JASH were hosted by Commander Mitsutake Chihara, captain of the Japanese submarine Uzushio on 13 and 14 February. The Uzushio was in Pearl Harbor for annual training between the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Read More

JASH Holds Annual New Year Reception

Guests enjoy food prepared by Takumi Catering

Guests enjoy food prepared by Takumi Catering

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held its annual New Year Reception again at historic Washington Place on Thursday, January 27th. New Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie opened the official Governor’s quarters to JASH and its guests for an evening of celebration and camaraderie. Over 200 Society members and guests attended this gala event that’s intended to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year and dedicate the Society to the tasks ahead. It was also an opportunity for new JASH Chair and Group Vice President of DFS Group Sharon Weiner to introduce herself and welcome the guests. Read More

JASH Receives donation from JTB Goodwill Foundation

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts donation check from JTB Goodwill Foundation Administrator David Asanuma

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts donation check from JTB Goodwill Foundation Administrator David Asanuma

JTB Goodwill Foundation presented a grant to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for next year’s Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition. JTB co-sponsors this annual competition that pits high school student teams from across the State to test their knowledge of Japanese culture, history, economy, geography, and language. Winning teams are awarded trips to Japan to experience directly what they learned in the classroom.

JTB Goodwill Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s educational programs for Hawaii’s students. JTB Goodwill Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote goodwill through the interaction of culture, education, and athletics, to contribute to other charitable and goodwill organizations, and to participate in various charitable and goodwill activities. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii wishes to thank JTB Goodwill Foundation for supporting JASH’s educational programs designed to foster cultural interaction and further understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan.

JASH Receives donation from JTB

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts the donation check from JTB representative David Asanuma

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts the donation check from JTB representative David Asanuma

JTB Goodwill Foundation’s David Asanuma presented a donation to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii to support its educational programs, specifically the Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition. The check will help fund this annual academic competition for high school students testing their knowledge of Japan, the Japanese language, and the U.S.-Japan relationship. Four winning teams are rewarded with trips to Japan.

JTB Goodwill Foundation is the organizer of the annual Honolulu Festival that brings thousands of visitors to Hawaii from Japan, the mainland U.S., and places around the Pacific region to showcase cultural heritage of various groups and promote understanding among peoples. JASH has helped to plan events as well as promote participation by students previously sponsored by JASH in its educational programs.

JASH would like to thank the JTB Goodwill Foundation for this generous donation. We look forward to hosting JTB representatives at the competition and awards ceremony in February.