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. :   JASH Holds Annual Hilton 5:01 and Beach Cleanup



  

(L) Hilton Hawaiian Village General Manager Tracy Walker welcomes JASH to the Rainbow Suite.
(R) APCC and TALP delegates pose for pictures outside.

On June 12, 2015, 120 JASH members and guests gathered at the Rainbow Suite in Hilton Hawaiian Village for JASH's annual Hilton 5:01 hosted by Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The evening started out with welcome remarks from JASH President Lenny Yajima, Hilton Hawaiian Village General Manager Tracy Walker, and JASH Chair and recently appointed President of the Hawaii Coffee Company Mr. Daniel Dinell. 2015 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Chaperone Kevin Matsuda briefly introduced this year's APCC delegates, who treated the audience to a hula and chant they will perform while at the convention. Attendees also enjoyed delicious pupus and drinks provided by Hilton and also music performed by Puuhonua, led by singer Puu Tazhi.

  

Hilton 5:01 guests enjoy the evening's music entertainment and APCC performance
(R) APCC delegates perform chant.

Everyone is up bright and early for the clean up!

Following the Hilton 5:01, APCC delegates and their families along with participants from the Tomodachi-Aloha Leadership Program (TALP) woke up bright and early the next morning to clean Waikiki Beach. Equipped with trash bags, gloves, and nets, participants began the cleanup at Hilton lagoon and picked up rubbish all along the beach up until reaching the Duke Kahanamoku statue.

JASH would like to send a big mahalo to the Hilton Hawaiian Village for generously hosting the Hilton 5:01, and Ms. Tracy Walker for welcoming JASH to the Hilton. Mahalo also to Mr. Kevin Matsuda and the rest of the 2015 APCC delegation for such an impressive performance.

Hawaii 5:01 Programs are presented exclusively for Corporate, Board, and Lifetime members. The 5:01 provides an informal setting to meet new friends, renew acquaintances, and introduce potential members to the Society.

  

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. :   Junior Ambassadors Bond in the Mountains of Camp Timberline



Since being selected as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) representing Hawaii in February 2015, the six JAs have been learning more about Japan and the other countries that will be sending delegates to the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka from July 10 - 22, 2015. Each month since being selected, they have attended a workshop at the JASH office which taught them a Japanese language lesson and some interesting cultural aspects about Japan. They have also practiced their hula performance that they will share in Fukuoka.

In addition to their regular monthly workshops, during the weekend of May 2 - 3, the six Junior Ambassadors and Peace Ambassador Wesley Lum took part in an overnight stay at Camp Timberline in Makakilo. They were accompanied by 2015 chaperone Kevin Matsuda, 2016 chaperone Dori Kim, JASH Educational Program Director Liz Stanton-Barrera and JASH Intern David Nakanishi. It was our first time at Camp Timberline (previous camping trips took place at Camp Erdman in Mokuleia) but this annual camping trip helps the JAs bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs participated in a "low ropes course" where they focused on building trust with one another. They also enjoyed hiking in the mountains, eating smores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practicing their hula performance. The experience helped the group connect together and better prepare them for their journey to Japan in July.

  

(L-R): Parents and family members drop off their children for overnight at Camp Timberline.; Chaperone Kevin Matsuda with the six Junior Ambassadors at the Camp Timberline low ropes course.

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. :   Meet the 2015 JASH Junior Ambassadors to the APCC



2015 JASH Junior Ambassadors with chaperone Kevin Matsuda.

On February 7, a JASH selection committee selected six 11-year-old students (three boys and three girls) to represent Hawaii as JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 27th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 9 - 22, 2015. A total of 232 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. The delegation will be led by JASH volunteer Kevin Matsuda, Executive Director of the Hawaii Council on Economic Education.

This year, JASH received a total of 40 applicants from Oahu's private and public schools. After a day of interviews and group workshops held at the JASH office, the final six JAs were selected: Luke Cisneros (Aina Haina Elementary); Landon Hung (Maryknoll School); Landon Kimura (Moanalua Elementary); Chloe Kwok (St. Patrick School); Gianni Ma (University Laboratory School) and Tierra Nakamura (Pearl Ridge Elementary).

The students will spend one Saturday each month from now until July preparing for their trip to Fukuoka. The workshops are designed to develop teamwork skills and build students' knowledge about Japan, Japan-Hawaii ties, cultural etiquette and the 44 other countries and cities that will be sending delegates to the Convention. Each delegation is required to give a cultural performance unique to that country or region. The Hawaii delegation will be performing a Hawaiian chant and hula at the Convention.

The first workshop was held at the JASH office on Saturday, February 28. The new Junior Ambassadors and their parents both attended and learned more about JASH, the APCC and their responsibilities as a JA. They also had a chance to meet the 2014 JAs and parents and hear about their experiences in the program last year. The two groups had the chance to get to know each other better after the workshop through a potluck arranged by the 2014 delegation.

The next workshop for the 2015 APCC Junior Ambassadors will be held on Saturday, March 28.

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. :   Junior Ambassadors travel to the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka


The APCC delegates at Marine House Camp.


After six months of attending workshops to prepare for their trip, Hawaii's six Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors, (Kala Handa, Diesel Kawelo, Andrew-Lee Smith, Chelley Endo, Sunny Monaco and Misa Muranaka) along with Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown and chaperone Dori Nishijo-Kim departed for Fukuoka on July 9, 2014. They spent two weeks there taking part in the 26th APCC, which was held from July 10 - 23, 2014.

Hosted by the Fukuoka government, the APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. In its 26th year, the APCC has hosted over 10,000 Junior Ambassadors with nearly 6,340 host families in Fukuoka. This year, the Hawaii delegates spent the first five days at an exchange camp with 230 children from 40 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. They were fortunate to have roommates from New Caledonia, Dalian (China) and Japan, so communicating through hand gestures and games were a fun way to get to know each other.

Following the exchange camp at Marine House Camp, the delegates all went home with their Japanese host families in the city of Asakura where they stayed for the next eight nights. While with their host families, among other things, the children had a chance to attend school with their host siblings, visit a Japanese onsen, visit the Dazaifu Temple, take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, eat lots of Japanese food, meet the Mayor of Asakura, and perform at the Asakura city festival. While the APCC delegates were busy with their activities, Hawaii's Peace Ambassador Jae Sun Brown shared community service stories and experiences of the Bridge Club Hawaii, an alumni organization of former APCC delegates with the 29 other Peace Ambassadors in attendance at the APCC.

On July 21, the 230 delegates again reunited for the APCC "We Are the Bridge" cultural exchange festival held at the JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka City. There, the Hawaii delegates performed two oli (chants) and danced a hula to the song Waikiki Hula, which they had learned from their chaperone, Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian studies teacher at Aina Haina Elementary.

The students returned to Honolulu on July 23, excited to share what they had done on their trip. Delegates and parents met again at the JASH office on August 2 to discuss with each other their experiences. JASH would like to thank all of the families and friends who helped to prepare the delegation for their trip.

JASH has been associated with APCC for 11 years, sending Hawaii's 11-year olds to this global youth camp to expand their view of the world, create new friendships, and inspire them to better themselves and their community. JASH continues to promote this relationship by involving APCC alumni in programs and activities through the Bridge Club Hawaii.

On the morning of August 20, 2014, JASH President Ed Hawkins and Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown shared their experiences about the 2014 APCC on KITV 4. Please click here to see the video clip.

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. :   Hawaii delegates enjoy making new friends at the 26th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka


Hawaii Junior Ambassadors bond with their roommates from New Caledonia


On Thursday, July 10, 2014 the Hawaii delegates to the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention arrived Fukuoka to take part in the 26th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC). The eight delegates who will represent Hawaii at this year's APCC are six Junior Ambassadors (Chelley Endo, Kala Handa, Diesel Kawelo, Sunny Monaco, Misa Muranaka and Andrew Smith), Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown and Chaperone Dori Nishijo-Kim. The first five days of the trip were spent at Marine House Camp, where the kids enjoyed making new friends and getting to know their roommates from New Caledonia.

The Junior Ambassadors will spend a total of 13 days in Fukuoka - eight days with a host family and five days at a global camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different countries. They will perform a hula for the people of Fukuoka on July 21 at the "We Are the Bridge" festival.

The delegation will return to Honolulu on July 23.

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. :   Ensoku to Shirokiya allows APCC delegates to discover new Japanese foods


In preparation for their scavenger hunt, APCC delegates congregate in front of Shirokiya.


For the fourth year in a row, the APCC delegates went on a field trip to Shirokiya in Ala Moana Shopping Center to learn about and taste a variety of Japanese foods. On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) were joined by Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown, chaperones Dori Kim and Kevin Matsuda, and JASH staff members Marsha Yokomichi and Elizabeth Barrera to participate in a "scavenger hunt" as part of their fifth workshop.

The delegates were divided into three groups and given thirty minutes to find their items. Each team was in charge of purchasing designated Japanese food found throughout the department store -- chicken karaage, okara, hijiki, mocha and takoyaki. They also were asked to explore and find out about other traditional Japanese foods such as tempura, nishime, miso and ramen.

Everyone took their food items back to the JASH office to share what they had learned during the scavenger hunt. After each groups' presentation, everyone enjoyed a tasty lunch that included all of the food items that were purchased. This activity was an excellent way for the Hawaii delegates to learn about and taste some of the food they may see in Japan.

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. :   Junior Ambassadors build friendships at Camp Erdman


APCC delegates participate in a Team Building Exercise while at Camp Erdman.


During the weekend of May 3-4, 2014 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors along with Peace Ambassador Jae-Sun Brown learned about team building at Camp Erdman in Waialua. The APCC delegates were accompanied by 2014 chaperone Dori Kim and 2015 chaperone Kevin Matsuda, along with JASH staff Marsha Yokomichi and Liz Stanton-Barrera.

This annual outing helps the APCC delegates bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs took part in a Team Development Course led by a YMCA counselor, went swimming, made a kukui nut lei to take with them to Japan, ate smores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practiced their hula performance. For several of the JAs, this was their first overnight experience at a camp away from their families. The experience helped the group bond together in preparation for their trip to the APCC in Fukuoka, Japan from July 9 through July 23.

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. :   2014 APCC Junior Ambassadors Selected


The newly selected 2014 Junior Ambassadors with volunteer chaperone Makua Dori Kim.

JASH selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 26th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 10- 24, 2014. Hosted by the Fukuoka based NPO by the same name and supported by the Fukuoka government, APCC promotes relationships between children from different countries with the goal of creating adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. A total of 230 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. Hawaii is one of two cities in the U.S. that will send a delegation. The students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone. The students will also participate in home stays with host Japanese families.

This year, JASH received a total of 31 applications from Oahu and Hawaii. After a day of interviews and group workshops, the final six JAs were selected: Chelley Endo (Aina Haina School), Kalaokahikina "Kala" Handa (Kainalu Elementary), Diesel Kawelo (Island Pacific Academy), Malia "Sunny" Monaco (Aina Haina School), Misa Muranaka (Iolani School), and Andrew-Lee Smith (Aina Haina School).

The students will spend one Saturday each month preparing for their trip to Fukuoka. The required workshops are designed to develop teamwork skills and build students' knowledge about Japan, Hawaii-Japan ties, cultural etiquette, and other countries sending delegates to the Convention. Each delegation is required to give a cultural performance unique to that country or region. The Hawaii delegation will be performing a hula to the song Waikiki Hula, taught by their chaperone, Makua Dori Kim. All travel and workshop costs for this program are borne by APCC and JASH.

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. : Junior Ambassadors travel to the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka

Hawaii delegates at Tenjin Park on the day of the "We are the Bridge" Festival.


Twelve delegates from Hawaii traveled to Fukuoka, Japan this July to take part in the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC). Six "Junior Ambassadors" (Brett Castro, Cole Ichikawa, Wesley Yamada, Kate Helbush, Kiana Kawahara and Megan Oshiro) along with "Peace Ambassador" David Nakanishi, Chaperone Daniel Hwang, Bridge Club Head Officer Jacob Saiki, Bridge Club Hawaii Founder Colby Takeda, Bridge Club President Korie Lum and JASH Intern Tomoko Hamamatsu all attended and took part in the 25th APCC which was held from July 12 - 22, 2013. All attendees were sponsored by APCC Fukuoka.

The non-profit organization APCC Fukuoka promotes relationships between children of various countries so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. The Hawaii Junior Ambassadors spent the first three nights at a youth camp with other Junior Ambassadors from Japan and 42 other countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Following camp, the Junior Ambassadors met their host families in Miyama city and moved to the home stay portion of the program. During this time, the other Hawaii delegates took part in meetings and workshops with other Bridge Club members from around the world to discuss the future of the APCC. All twelve of the delegates met up again at the "We Are the Bridge" cultural exchange festival at Tenjin Central Park in Fukuoka City on July 20. There, the Hawaii Junior Ambassadors performed two oli (chants) and danced the hula to the song E Ku'u Tutu, which they had learned from Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian studies teacher at Aina Haina Elementary. This was the first time that the APCC streamed the performances "live" via U-Stream so that the families here in Hawaii could watch the show.

After an activity packed ten days, everyone returned to Honolulu on July 22. The delegates met again with Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui to share their experiences.

The delegates with their parents met for one last workshop where they discussed their experiences being a part of the APCC program this year. JASH would like to thank all the families, friends, and supporters who helped prepare the delegates and supported them throughout the program.

Junior Ambassadors play cards with their roommates from Busan at Marine House Camp.




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. : Hawaii delegates depart for the 25th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka


The Hawaii delegation ready for departure at Honolulu Airport.


Parents and children were both anxious and excited as ten of the Hawaii delegates to the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention departed for the 25th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) on Friday, July 12, 2013. Two more delegates will depart on Tuesday, July 16. There are a total of twelve delegates who will represent Hawaii at this year's APCC: six Junior Ambassadors (Brett Castro, Cole Ichikawa, Wesley Yamada, Kate Helbush, Kiana Kawahara and Megan Oshiro), Peace Ambassador David Nakanishi, Bridge Club Head Officer Jacob Saiki, Bridge Club Hawaii Founder Colby Takeda, Bridge Club President Korie Lum, Chaperone Daniel Hwang and JASH Intern Tomoko Hamamatsu.

The Junior Ambassadors will spend a total of ten days in Fukuoka -- seven days with a host family and three days at camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different countries. The rest of the delegation will be participating in events celebrating the 25th Anniversary.

The delegation will return to Honolulu on July 22.

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. : Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui meets the APCC Junior Ambassadors


Junior Ambassadors and their families, along with JASH President Ed Hawkins and APCC Program Director Liz Barrera, meet with Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui.


On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 the Junior Ambassadors and their families along with chaperone Daniel Hwang were invited to meet Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui in his Executive Chambers. For all of the Junior Ambassadors, this was the first time to meet the Lt. Governor, and they were all excited but nervous to meet him. Lt. Governor Tsutsui was very amicable and spent about 20 minutes talking with the delegates, sharing his experiences of going abroad and how proud he was of these young Ambassadors. At the end of the meeting, he presented an Aloha card along with a pin from the State of Hawaii for the children to wear.

JASH would like to extend a big Mahalo to the Lt. Governor for sharing part of his afternoon with the APCC delegates.

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. : Field Trip allows APCC delegates to taste Japanese foods


In preparation for their scavenger hunt, APCC delegates congregate in front of Shirokiya.


Takoyaki, Hijiki, Natto.... Do you know what these things are?? The 2013 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) delegates can tell you. On Saturday, May 18, 2013 the six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) were joined by Peace Ambassador David Nakanishi, Bridge Club Head Office members Colby Takeda and Jacob Saiki, chaperons Daniel Hwang and Dori Kim, and JASH staff as they went on a scavenger hunt around Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center in order to learn about Japanese food.

The delegates were divided into three groups and each team was in charge of purchasing designated Japanese food found throughout the department store - chicken karaage, taiyaki, hijiki, and takoyaki. They also were asked to explore and find out about other traditional Japanese foods such as tofu, tempura, nishime, miso, natto and okara.

Everyone took their food items back to the JASH office to share what they had learned during the scavenger hunt. JASH Intern Tomoko Hamamatsu also shared photos of traditional food found in Japan and specifically in Fukuoka. After each groups' presentation, everyone enjoyed a tasty lunch that included all of the food items that were purchased. This activity was an excellent way for the Hawaii delegates to learn about and taste some of the food they may see in Japan.

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. : Junior Ambassadors bond at Camp Erdman


APCC delegates participate in a Team Building Exercise while at Camp Erdman.


During the weekend of May 4 - 5, the 2013 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors along with Peace Ambassador David Nakanishi learned about team building at Camp Erdman in Waialua. The APCC delegates were accompanied by 2013 chaperone Daniel Hwang and 2014 chaperone Dori Kim, along with JASH staff Marsha Yokomichi, Liz Stanton-Barrera and Tomoko Hamamatsu.

This annual outing helps the APCC delegates bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs took part in a Team Development Course, learned about Boys Day and made samurai hats, shot archery, ate smores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practiced their hula performance. For several of the JAs, this was their first overnight experience at a camp away from their families. The experience helped the group bond together in preparation for their trip to the APCC in Fukuoka, Japan from July 12 through July 22.

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. : The 2013 APCC Mission Project in Hawaii


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 26 - 31, 2013. 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 fifth 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 Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Tonga.

Established in 1994, the goal of the Mission Project is to enhance the Japanese children's understanding of their Asian-Pacific neighbors by learning about their lifestyles, culture and customs through first-hand experiences. The students ages 9-17 stayed with host families selected by JASH and were able to experience local culture, food, excursions to the beach and sightseeing, and many other enjoyable activities. One of the highlights of the visit for many of the Japanese students was the opportunity for them to attend school with their American host brother or sister. JASH would like to extend a warm Mahalo to all of the principals of hosting schools for opening their doors and classrooms and welcoming the Japanese students.

When the delegates arrived on March 26, JASH sponsored a Welcome Ceremony at the Honolulu International Airport Conference Center, which was joined by Japanese Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda who gave welcoming remarks. JASH also hosted an Appreciation Party for the host families and students at the Oahu Veterans Center on March 29. In addition to the host families, about 15 members of Bridge Club Hawaii (APCC Alumni Association) and the 2013 Junior Ambassadors were in attendance.

The visiting students from Fukuoka received once in a lifetime experiences because of the generosity and warm Aloha of the host families. The program would not have been possible without them, and both JASH and the visiting students owe them a debt of gratitude. JASH would also like to extend its appreciation to the following schools for allowing the Mission Project students to attend school for one or two days: Aina Haina School, Ewa Makai Middle School, Holomua Elementary Schools, Kalei'opu'u Elementary School, Ma'ema'e Elementary School, Moanalua Elementary School, Moanalua High School, Niu Valley middle School, Pearl Ridge Elementary School and Sacred Hearts Academy.

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. : Junior Ambassadors to Represent Hawaii at the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention


The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) has selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) from across the state to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 25th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan from July 12- 24, 2013. Hosted by the Fukuoka-based nonprofit organization by the same name and supported by the Fukuoka government, the APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. This year, 232 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate. Upon arrival in Fukuoka, the Hawaii JAs will spend three days at a Global Exchange Camp with the other delegates and nine days with a Japanese host family. Parents will not be allowed to accompany the JAs on their trip, so the students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone, Daniel Hwang, who will also participate in convention events in Fukuoka.

This year, a total of 29 candidates applied from two islands - Oahu and Kauai. After a long day of interviews and team activities, the final six JAs were selected:

Boys:
Brett Castro (Mililani), attends Mililani Ike Elementary
Cole Ichikawa (Honolulu), attends Iolani School
Wesley Yamada (Honolulu), attends Ma'ema'e Elementary

Girls:
Kate Helbush (Waipahu), attends Moanalua Elementary
Kiana Kawahara (Pearl City), attends Pearl Ridge Elementary
Megan Oshiro (Honolulu), attends Aina Haina Elementary

The students will spend one Saturday each month from now until July attending a workshop to prepare for their trip to Fukuoka. The workshops will help prepare the students by developing teamwork skills; exploring ties between Hawaii - Japan; raising awareness regarding cultural etiquette; and building knowledge about Japan and the 45 other countries and cities that will be sending delegates to the Convention. Each delegation is required to give a cultural performance unique to its country or region. The Hawaii delegation will be performing a hula taught by Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian studies teacher at Aina Haina Elementary.

This is the 25th Anniversary of the APCC and special events are planned for this year. JASH has supported this program for the last 10 years.

(front row l-r) Chaperone Daniel Hwang, Wesley Yamada, Megan Oshiro, Kiana Kawahara, Cole Ichikawa, Brett Castro and Kate Helbush.


For more information about this and other educational programs, please contact the Japan-America Society of Hawaii at 524-4450 or email, ebarrera@jashawaii.org. Additional information and details about the Society and its mission in Hawaii can be found at the website www.jashawaii.org.

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii. The Society is committed to providing a variety of programs to its membership and the community as a whole.

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. : Hawaii delegates depart for the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka


Hawaii delegates depart for the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka.

Parents and children were both anxious and excited as the six Hawaii Junior Ambassadors (Christian Bonilla, Kurt Naguwa, Gabriel Tom, Kiana Favela, Lauryn Sameshima and Ava Williams) departed for the 24th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan on Friday, July 13, 2012. They were accompanied by chaperone Cheryl Parker and Peace Ambassador Korie Lum. For most of the Junior Ambassadors (JAs) this is their first trip overseas. They will spend a total of ten days in Fukuoka -- seven days with a host family and three days at camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different countries. The delegation will return to Honolulu on July 24.

The Hawaii delegation ready for departure at Honolulu Airport.


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. : APCC Delegates meet Governor Abercrombie


The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Hawaii delegation eager to meet with Governor Neil Abercrombie.


On the afternoon of June 28, 2012, Governor Abercrombie spent time meeting the six 2012 Hawaii Junior Ambassadors (JAs) along with Peace Ambassador Korie Lum, chaperone Cheryl Parker and all of the delegates' families in his Executive Chambers. The Governor was pleased to meet everyone and presented each of the delegates (and their siblings) a "Youth Ambassador" card announcing that each of them was a representative of Hawaii. For all of the Junior Ambassadors, this was their first time to meet the Governor and JASH is very appreciative that the Governor spent part of his afternoon sharing his time and advice with the delegates.

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. : Junior Ambassadors Taste Authentic Japanese foods


At the Saturday, May 19, 2012 workshop, the six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) were joined by Peace Ambassador Korie Lum, chaperons Daniel Hwang and Cheryl Parker, and JASH staff as they embarked on a real-life adventure to taste Japanese food. The JAs were divided into three groups and went on a scavenger hunt throughout Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Each group was in charge of purchasing designated Japanese food from Shirokiya--chicken karaage, taiyaki, and takoyaki. They also had to explore and find out about other traditional Japanese foods such as hijiki, natto, and oden. After returning to the JASH office, each group explained what they learned during the scavenger hunt. After each groups' presentation, everyone enjoyed a tasty lunch that included all of the food items that were purchased. For two of the delegates, this trip to Shirokiya was the first time they had ever been in the department store. This activity was an excellent way for the Hawaii delegates to learn about some of the food they may be given in Japan.

The Hawaii delegates show off what they bought during their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya.


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. : Junior Ambassadors learn about team building at Camp Erdman


Delegates and Chaperone Cheryl Parker learn how to make Samurai hats in honor of Boys Day while at Camp Erdman.


During the weekend of May 5 - 6, 2012, the six Junior Ambassadors and Peace Ambassador Korie Lum accompanied by 2012 chaperone Cheryl Parker and 2013 chaperone Daniel Hwang, along with JASH staff Marsha Yokomichi, Liz Stanton-Barrera and Yuri Matsuoka took part in an overnight stay at Camp Erdman in Waialua. This annual outing helps the JAs bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs took part in a Team Development Course, learned about Boys Day and made samurai hats, witnessed a Japanese tea ceremony by JASH intern Yuri Matsuoka, shot archery, played basketball, opened coconuts, ate smores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practiced their hula performance. For several of the JAs, this was their first overnight experience at a camp away from their families. The experience helped the group connect together so that they are ready to take their journey to Japan in July. For their next workshop on May 19, they will take a field trip to Shirokiya to learn more about Japanese food. The APCC delegates will leave Honolulu on July 13 and return from Fukuoka on July 25.

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. : 2012 APCC Delegates Selected


The 2012 APCC Delegates: (l-r) Chaperone Cheryl Parker, Junior Ambassadors Lauryn Sameshima, CJ Bonilla, Ava Williams, Gabriel Tom, Kiana Favela, and Kurt Naguwa; Peace Ambassador Korie Lum.


On January 28, 2012 JASH selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) from across the state to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 24th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 13-25, 2012. The students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone, Cheryl Parker, as parents are not allowed to accompany the JAs.

After a long day of interviews and team-activities held at the JASH office, the final six JAs were selected: Christian James Bonilla (Holomua Elementary), Kurt Naguwa (Pearl Ridge Elementary), Gabriel Tom (Aina Haina Elementary), Kiana Favela (Holomua Elementary), Lauryn Sameshima (Mililani Ike Elementary) and Ava Williams (Sacred Hearts Academy).

The students will spend one Saturday each month from now until July preparing for their trip to Fukuoka. The workshops are designed to develop teamwork skills and build students' knowledge about Japan, Hawaii-Japan ties, cultural etiquette and the 42 other countries and cities that will be sending delegates to the Convention. Each delegation is required to give a cultural performance unique to that country or region. The Hawaii delegation will be performing a hula to the song Ulupalakua, taught by Shayna Kim, daughter of Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian studies teacher at Aina Haina Elementary.

In addition to the six Junior Ambassadors, an additional delegate will be attending the APCC this summer. Korie Lum, an 11th grader at Moanalua High School, will be serving as a Peace Ambassador at the Convention. While at the APCC this summer, Korie will share the activities of Bridge Club Hawaii with other Peace Ambassadors from around the world in order to promote understanding and friendship and expand the network of worldwide Junior Ambassadors through the local Bridge Clubs.

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