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Monday, October 10, 2022


Sheraton Waikiki

Waikiki, Hawaii

Attire: Japanese-Inspired

Presented by



Mahalo nui loa, dо̄mo arigatо̄ gozaimasu, and thank you very much for your support of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As a valued member of JASH, we humbly ask for your support by joining our Bridge Awards Dinner or by participating in our Silent Auction. The funds raised from this event allow us to continue providing business and special interest, professional development, cultural, and youth educational programs for our community.

We offer two ways for you to join our Bridge Awards Dinner: Table Sponsorships and Individual Seating.

To purchase a Table Sponsorship or Individual Seating, please click the button below to visit our GiveSmart event page.

Registration closes Sunday, October 2 at 11:59PM.

Table Sponsorships

Sponsorship tables are available at a variety of levels. Tables will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please refer to the ONLINE INVITATION for complete event and package details.

You may purchase your Table Sponsorship at our GiveSmart event page by clicking the button above.

Questions about Table Sponsorships? Please contact Lila Frisbie, Director of Membership and Programs at lfrisbie@jashawaii.org.

Sponsors wishing to support JASH without receiving the reward perk of attending the in-person Bridge Awards Dinner are still eligible to receive a full tax deduction for their donation.

Individual Seating

General JASH members and non-members looking to support JASH and attend this year's Bridge Awards Dinner may register for an Individual Seat.

You may purchase your Individual Seat at our GiveSmart event page by clicking the button above.

Prices are as follows:

JASH Member ... 250.00
Non-Member ... 300.00

Questions about Individual Seating? Please contact our JASH Administrator at admindir@jashawaii.org.

Interested in Joining JASH? Visit our General Membership page to learn more.

Silent Auction

The JASH Silent Auction is one of our biggest annual fundraisers and is part of our Annual Bridge Awards Event. Proceeds go directly to JASH so that we may continue to produce programming for our community. From professional events like JASH 5:01 and special-interest speakers, to networking social hours like Natsumatsuri and Taste of JASH, to our beloved educational programs like Japan Wizards Competition and the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention, we build bridges between the U.S. and Japan through the unique perspective of Hawaii for all levels and ages.


Please consider supporting JASH by donating goods or services to our Silent Auction!
Visit our 
ONLINE DONATION FORM if you would like to donate.


Auction Preview opens October 4 at Noon (HST)

Auction Bidding opens October 5 at Noon

Auction closes October 10 at 7:30PM

To bid in our Silent Auction, please register for a GiveSmart account.

Everyone is welcome! You do not need to attend the Bridge Awards Dinner to join.

Lucky Draw Fundraiser

Donate to our LUCKY DRAW to support JASH with a chance to win up to FIVE $100 gift cards from:

Costco, Don Quijote, Ala Moana Shopping Center, The Rice Factory Honolulu, or Zippy's!

Increase your donation to receive BONUS entries for extra chances to win.
You do NOT need to be present at our Bridge Awards Dinner to win.

Lucky Draw donation period ends on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 7:30PM.
Winners will be contacted via email on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

Please contact admindir@jashawaii.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding your donation.


2022 Bridge Awards Recipients

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 and friendship, we are please to announce:


Halekulani Corporation, an oasis on the shores of Waikiki,

and Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso and composer,

as this year's Bridge Award recipients.

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Founded in 1980, Halekulani Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd., Japan’s largest real estate company, enjoys a unique and venerated company legacy dating back generations.  Halekulani Corporation owns and operates the globally acclaimed luxury resort Halekulani, located on the beach at Waikiki, and the newest luxury boutique hotel Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, both listed in Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards – Best Resorts in Hawaii.

Representing a tradition of gracious hospitality, Halekulani has been welcoming guests to Waikiki for over a century. Globally recognized with numerous awards, Halekulani is home to award-winning SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key and the new Earl’s Bar, Orchids, Cattleya, Lewers Lounge, and La Mer, Hawaii's longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Restaurant.

Following a multi-million-dollar transformation, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani is located steps away from Waikiki Beach and directly across from sister property Halekulani. Both Halekulani and Halepuna provide guests with the highest standards of quality and personalized service, while celebrating the indigenous surroundings, culture, and aloha spirit of the islands.

A dedicated corporate stakeholder in the community for nearly 40 years, Halekulani Corporation is long recognized for its commitment as one of the city and state’s leading supporters of local arts and cultural venues in addition to supporting businesses and community initiatives.

Halekulani Corporation is honored to be a 2022 Japan-America Society of Hawaii Bridge Awardee in its goal to foster relationship between Japan and Hawaii.

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`Ukulele artist, Jake Shimabukuro, a fourth-generation Japanese American, and third-generation descendent of Okinawa, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i and rose to fame by becoming one of YouTube’s first artists to go viral on the internet.


At the age of four, Shimabukuro received his first music lesson from his mother on a beautiful Kamaka `ukulele. At 7 years old he attended Roy Sakuma’s `ukulele school and started performing in the annual `Ukulele Festival Hawai`i event at the Kapi`olani Park Bandstand. Jake’s biggest inspirations for playing the `ukulele came from world-renowned recording artists Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta and Eddie Kamae. 


In the late-90s, Shimabukuro gained notice with local bands, “Pure Heart” and “C%N.” After both groups dissolved, Shimabukuro’s fame as a solo artist spread throughout Hawai`i and eventually to Japan. There, in 2001, he signed a historic recording contract with Epic Records/Sony Music, which formed the basis of a career punctuated by a string of instrumental `ukulele albums and performances at some of the most prestiges concert halls.


In 2006, Jake Shimabukuro’s career took another pivotal turn when a video of his performance of George Harrison’s, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” received more than 15 million views on YouTube, making it one of the world’s first “viral videos.” It exposed Shimabukuro’s talent to the world, and concert performances throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia soon followed.  He has since recorded and performed with music icons such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald - and has even performed with Bette Midler for Queen Elizabeth II.  Jake has also recently been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve on The National Council On The Arts. 


Jake Shimabukuro continues to compose and record music, while maintaining an international concert schedule of about 150 live shows a year. He is a loving husband and proud father of two children. In addition to balancing his career with family life, Jake also remains firmly rooted in his commitment to community and music/arts education - frequently performing at schools, urging kids to find their passion and live drug-free.

Bridge Awards Sponsors




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Mr. Bill & Mrs. Reyna Kaneko

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/Mr. Doug Goto



Mr. Chad & Mrs. Kazuko Love/Mr. Daniel Dinell
I-Lion Hawaii School
Mrs. Ina Tateuchi
Mr. Larry Kumabe/Dr. Glenn Miyataki
R.M. Towill Corporation


Silent Auction Donors

Mr. Akemi Kurokawa

Allison Izu

Aloha Wines

Aunty Lilikoi PF Products

Autoplex Car Wash

Ms. Barbara Tanabe

Beauty Touch Hawaii

Ben Franklin Crafts

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Big City Diner

Big Island Candies

Bradley & Lily Fine Stationery LLC

Captain Bruce - Private Cruises

Castle Resorts & Hotels

Dr. Cecile Sebastian

Ms. Christine Kubota

Cookie Corner Hawaii, Inc.

Daily Whisk Matcha

Mr. David Asanuma

Mr. David Kaneko

Espacio The Jewel of Waikiki

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Giovanni Pastrami

Go Law Group

Haleiwa Beach House

Halekulani Corporation

Halekulani Okinawa

Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani

Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Shochu Company

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Mr. Hiroshi Kuroda

Hui Car Share - Servco Mobility Lab

Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Island Insurance Companies

ITO EN (Hawaii) LLC

Ms. Jacqueline Furuta

Japan Airlines

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Ms. Joy Labrador

Kapa Nui Nails

Ms. Karen Knudsen

Kokoro Care Packages

Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP

KYOCERA International, Inc.

Lighthouse Hawaii

Manoa Valley Theatre

Market City, Limited

Matsuura Ohana

McKinley Car Wash

Ms. Michelle Hirose

Minamoto Kitchoan

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Montage Kapalua Bay

Mr. Ojisan Neo Bar & Sushi Restaurant

MW Restaurant

Nanea Golf Club

Pacific Monarch

PASHA Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Mr. Peter Dames

Prince Waikiki

Reneux Med & Day Spa

Restaurant Suntory USA Inc.

Mr. Ron & Mrs. Cathy Matsuzaki

Roy's Restaurant Hawaii Kai

Royal Hawaiian Center

Ms. Sandy Takeda

Seven Senses Spa

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Sun Noodle

Ms. Tami Stack

Tanaka Saimin

Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors

Ten Tomorrow

The Cherry Co, Ltd.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Laylow Waikiki, Autograph Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Wedding Ring Shop

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Tokyu Hotels Co., Ltd.

Villarimo Ohana

World Sake Imports, Inc.

Yoga Room Hawaii

Zippy's Restaurants