Japan-America Society of Hawaii Japan Day Fall 2019

On October 24, 2019, JASH held its Fall Japan Day program, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation and the Freeman Foundation. Approximately 200 students from Kailua High School, Kapaa High School, King Kekaulike High School, Konawaena High School, Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Molokai High School, Nanakuli High School, University Laboratory School and Washington Middle School gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s Manoa Grand Ballroom to enjoy the day’s activities. Held twice a year, Japan Day is JASH’s longest running educational program which is offered free to Hawaii’s middle and high schools. Since its inception in 1993, over 6,700 students from 65 differ

43rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

On September 17, 2019, JASH held its 43rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, themed “Celebrating the Dawn of Reiwa,” the beginning of a new era for Japan, a time when Japan and the U.S. can celebrate the very special bond that our countries share. The 2019 Bridge Award was presented to Mr. Paul Yonamine, Chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Financial Corp., and Executive Chairman of Central Pacific Bank. We were also honored to have Duane Kurisu, Chairman and CEO of aio as our keynote speaker. (L-R) Mr. Steve Sombrero, Ms. Ann Kobayashi, Mr. Paul Yonamine, Ms. Reyna Kaneko, Governor David Ige, Ms. Kymberly Pine and Mayor Kirk Caldwell Mr. Duane Kurisu, Chairman and CEO of the Hawaii-based cong

Tomodachi – Let’s Talk Story Luncheon at Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Tomodachi Committee of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii held its annual “Let’s Talk Story” Luncheon at Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop, formally known as Waioli Tea Room, in Manoa. Over 25 JASH members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and a special presentation by Ms. Jessica Welch, Executive Director, Manoa Heritage Center (MHC). On behalf of Mrs. Mary Cooke, Co-Founder of MHC, who could not join us due to unforeseen circumstances, Ms. Welch shared with us the history of Manoa Valley and what Mr. and Mrs. Cooke have done to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii. JASH members and guests were able to catch up with each other and make new

EPIC Ehime-Hawaii High School Exchange Program Participants Visit Punahou and St. Louis

EPIC students arrive at the Honolulu International Airport From September 27 – October 1, 2019, eight students from various Ehime high schools traveled to Hawaii to participate in a cultural exchange hosted by the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC), which promotes cultural understanding and international cooperation through various programs and exchanges. Mr. Masanao Nakamura of the Ehime Prefectural Board of Education, Ms. Yukiko Abe and Ms. Noriko Omori from EPIC accompanied the students as they visited various sights on Oahu, such as the Ehime Maru Memorial, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Hale, and Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. EPIC students pray at the Ehime

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