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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.

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Activities And Accomplishments

Foreword: The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is focusing on educating our youth by creating a continuum of programs from kindergarten to grade 12. The primary objective is to teach our students, especially K-5, about different perspectives, which the Society believes will lead students to develop an attitude of open-mindedness to others of different cultures, to new concepts and ideas, to broader vision and to greater risk-taking. Programs from grades 6 to 12 will provide opportunities to experience or reinforce this concept of different perspectives by traveling to Japan, through sister school relationships, and home stay programs. In essence, the Society is helping to nurture our future leaders. While the Society continues its overall efforts in promoting the United States-Japan relationship, educating our youth to learn about different perspectives is an integral part of the Society's mission.

. : Significant Activities of the Society

Society's Strategic Plan approved in 1998

  • Strategic Plan establishes goals for the future: strong financial base; expanded programming; expanded membership; secure own facility
  • Society values adopted at same time
  • hired development officer in 2001

Motto: "Opening Minds and Hearts in Friendship"

  • short motto to help people associate with the Society
  • motto captures the mission statement succinctly when viewed together with the programs the Society conducts

25th Anniversary Year (established September 28, 1976)

  • delayed celebration to January 24, 2002 at Hilton Hawaiian Village because of 9/11
  • paid tribute to U.S. military services, Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), and students
  • honored Ralph Honda, Sidney Kosasa, Fujio Matsuda, Siegfried Ramler, members of the Founding Board of Trustees (became Board of Directors in October 2002)
  • keynote speaker was Admiral Dennis Blair, CINCPAC
  • also held conference with security and economic panels

Japan Foreign Minister's Award for 2001

  • Society was one of only two organizations in the United States receiving the Foreign Minister's Award for 2001, which was presented at the 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • Award recognizes the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for its contribution "to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between countries; furthered cooperation in economic and technical fields between nations; promoted public relations and cultural affairs; and contributed to the welfare of nations through international relationships."

Commitment of Society's Board of Directors

  • Directors are committed
    • approved Strategic Plan
    • personally contributed to hiring of development officer
    • personally contributing to 25th anniversary campaign which initiates an endowment for the Society's long-term future
    • provides leadership by serving on Society's committees as chairs and members of the committees
    • sponsors events that support the Society (golf tournament, annual dinner, Hawaii 5:01 program, Christmas 5:01, visitors from Japan, etc)
  • Directors lend energy, time and influence
    • membership drive
    • writing letters of support to speakers, foundations, etc
    • attend Society functions or represent the Society at other activities


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