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.