2020 JASH Annual Gala Reimagined & Online Silent Auction
The Japan-America Society of Hawaii cordially invites you to our
2020 Annual Gala Reimagined and Online Silent Auction.
This year, our theme is Mirai "Our New Future," which we found fitting as we take on this unpredictable time and reimagine the ways that we can operate as a community organization.
Why Register? It is thanks to the generosity of our members that JASH is able to offer a variety of events and programs, including the regular production of our Annual Gala and Silent Auction. We humbly ask for your continued support through the purchase of your Annual Gala "seats"; donations to our Online Silent Auction; corporate sponsorships; and monetary donations. We are excited to continue virtually serving our community, and are looking forward to when we can safely gather once more.
Each year, JASH honors an individual, company, or organization with the Bridge Award for promoting understanding and friendship between Hawaii and Japan. In the spirit of building bridges of friendship, we are pleased to present the Sony Corporation with the Bridge Award for their exemplary leadership in fostering a relationship between Japan and the U.S.
We are honored to welcome Mr. Hiroshi Kawano, Senior Vice President of Sony Corporation and director of the board, Friends of Hawaii Charities, who will be accepting the Bridge Award on behalf of the Sony Corporation.
We are also honored to have Mr. Corbett Kalama, Executive Vice President of the Weinberg Foundation's Hawaii Office and President of Friends of Hawaii Charities, as this year's keynote speaker.
This year, we will host our annual Silent Auction online! Proceeds from our Silent Auction support JASH’s programs, including educational programs for Hawaii’s youth to better connect with Japan and Japanese culture.
In addition, in collaboration with Friends of Hawaii Charities, JASH will donate a portion of the net proceeds from the silent auction to Sutter Health Kahi Mohala (SHKM) to support their work in improving the quality of life and restoring hope for individuals and families affected by mental illness.
On behalf of our organization, we appreciate your support and hope that you will make a donation to our auction. To show our sincere gratitude, we will recognize you as a donor on a 30-second spot during our silent auction. Your generosity will also be acknowledged in our Annual Gala print materials and the present webpage.
Bidding for our Online Silent Auction begins November 12 and runs through November 16. Pre-registration to create your bidding profile is now OPEN.
Hiroshi Kawano is the Senior Vice President of Sony Corporation and also serves as the Representative Director and Deputy President and as President of the Consumer & Professional Business Sector of Sony Imaging Products & Solutions, Inc. Mr. Kawano has been with Sony Corporation since 1985 and has held positions for the company in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Over more than three decades with Sony, Mr. Kawano has held various high executive positions throughout different sectors of the company, including Sony Electronics in the United States, Sony Marketing in Japan, and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia.
Mr. Kawano is passionate about ensuring that Sony is a driving force in all of their endeavors, striving to provide consumers with quality, reliable products and exhibit leadership in domestic and global markets. Recently, he’s also been involved with Sony’s professional products, partnering with groups internationally to create innovative products for broadcasters and consumers. Mr. Kawano is also the executive in charge of the Sony Open in Hawaii, and serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Hawaii Charities.
Corbett Kalama has served as the executive vice president of the Weinberg Foundation’s Hawaii office since December of 2018. He began his tenure with the Foundation in 2013 as vice president of real estate investments and community affairs. Mr. Kalama is responsible for management of all Hawaii office operations, including the annual distribution of $12 million in grants in Hawaii. He also works closely with the Foundation’s managing director of Hawaii real estate in overseeing the Foundation’s real estate portfolio, which includes the management of more than 150 properties held by the Foundation in Hawaii.
In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Kalama remains a visible and key public representative of the Foundation in the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors of Hawaii. Mr. Kalama serves as the president of Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) formed in 1998 as a result of the shared vision and collaboration of a group of business and community leaders to provide support for local not-for-profit programs that serve and benefit Hawaii’s women, children, youth, and impoverished. He also currently serves as a director for the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation as well as the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, and is a former Kamehameha Schools Trustee.
Hikariyama Torao was a HIT during our inaugural Natsumatsuri back in August, and JASH is thrilled that he will be joining us to perform once more! Hikariyama Torao’s interest in Enka music began when he was four years old after he watched Kitajima Saburo sing on “Abarenbo Shogun.” From that point on his love for Enka music flourished. Currently, Torao takes music lessons from Craig Shimizu Sensei, has released multiple CDs, writes/composes songs, appears on Japanese TV, and performs in Japan and all of Hawaii.
Keauhou find their passion and joy in the performance, preservation, and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian music. As 17-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, their love and dedication to their music has resonated throughout the Islands. The name “Keauhou” meaning “the new/renewed generation” defines the young trio as they strive to bring forth inspiration from Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them. They hope to contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music.
Representing the sounds of Hawai’i, JASH is excited to introduce Keauhou, accompanied by a hula halau student Keola Makaiau of Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei.
Kenny Endo & Taiko Center of the Pacific
Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of taiko, paving new paths in Japanese drumming by blending taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world. After studying with the Mochizuki School, one of the largest schools of hogaku hayashi classical drumming in Japan, he became the first ever non-Japanese national to receive his natori, granting him his stage name and teaching license. Taiko Center of the Pacific is Endo's school and performing group of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming. The school offers public classes in taiko drumming starting from age two and has drawn people from around the world to study taiko in Hawaii.