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Japan-America Society of Hawaii
1600 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 204
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone (808) 524-4450
Fax (808) 524-4451
Office hours:
M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship

Ehime Maru Memorial Association

The National Association of Japan-America Societies


The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established on September 28, 1976, with a mission of "promoting understanding and friendships between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii." We do this by providing programs, which help to expand knowledge, increase meaningful human contact and facilitate discussion of important issues.

To carry out our mission, the Society conducts educational programs for the schools, informational programs for members and the community, seminars, panel sessions, and special projects, such as the First International Symposium of Japan-America Societies and the Ehime Maru Fund. More information on these programs can be found under Programs and Calendar pages.

Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about Japan, the United States and the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Society sponsors a wide range of business, cultural, and educational programs to fulfill its mission. There are forty Japan-America Societies in the United States representing over 30,000 members and twenty-nine America-Japan Societies in Japan with an equally impressive membership. JASH is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

The Society is also affiliated with the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (CPASF) and the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA). Both the CPASF and EMMA are separate nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. The CPASF provides two two-year scholarships to American graduate students studying at the University of Hawaii for study in Japan and two two-year scholarships to Japanese scholars to study at the University of Hawaii Graduate School. EMMA is responsible for the maintenance of the Ehime Maru Memorial in Hawaii and helps to promote Ehime-Hawaii relations.

Chair's Message:

September 2014

Fellow JASH Members:

I appreciate the trust you have placed in me as Chair of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. When my term started in January 2014, I put forward two goals:

1) Begin to implement the Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Directors in November 2013; and
2) Bring aboard a new President to succeed the retiring Ed Hawkins.

Effective October 1, 2014, JASH will have a new President in Lenny Yajima so tick box #2 off! While Lenny certainly has big shoes to fill, she comes well prepared for this role given her rich marketing/public relations experience as well as background as the former chief executive of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

A warm Mahalo to Ed Hawkins for his nine years of service to JASH; his able leadership has led to a smooth transition. This, coupled with Lenny's great passion and enthusiasm, has allowed her to "hit the ground running" and your Society to not miss a beat.

With regard to goal #1, your Board has organized as outlined by the Strategic Plan. With our new President, your Directors and I look forward to working with the staff, corporate and general members, and others in furthering our mission: "Promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii".

Thank you for your support of your Society. I especially extend my deep appreciation to the members who serve as Directors, Committee Chairs, Executive Committee Members, and volunteers. Our future is bright because of each of you!

Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu,


Daniel Dinell



President's Message:

Dear JASH `Ohana:

It is an honor to have been selected as your new President! I am so fortunate to join dedicated and diligent staff members,

- Marsha Yokomichi - Vice President
- Ron Quizon - Admin Director
- Kelsey Soma Turek - Educational Program Director
- Elizabeth Stanton-Barrera - Asian-Pacific Children's Convention and Japan-in-a-Suitcase Director
- Corina Jacobson - Program Coordinator
- Kathryn Murata - Educational Program Assistant

who share the same passion as I for strengthening the friendship and bonds between the U.S. and Japan through the spirit of Aloha. We, your staff `Ohana, will be working closely with Board Chairman Dan Dinell and his team of Directors to implement the Society's new strategic plan which is structured to enhance our exclusive offerings to you, our valued members, and to provide a sound financial future for JASH as we continue our extensive programming.

Many of the signature programs that exist today, and truly define JASH at its finest, are the result of former President Ed Hawkins' tireless work to build the bridges of friendship between Hawaii and Japan and beyond.

Ed, while we will miss you tremendously, we are so happy that you can now enjoy golf, travelling with Grace, and rendering "TLC" to your overgrown garden! We look forward to welcoming you back as a guest of honor at JASH events.

As I start my tenure as your society President, I humbly ask for your support in any or all of the following ways:
- Read our JASH Journal
- Attend our event offerings
- Spread the good word about our Society
- Renew or upgrade your general or corporate membership
- Bring new members on board

We are counting on your support of JASH!

Yoroshiku Onegai Itashimasu,

Lenny Yajima



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