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NexGen: Leadership

JASH NexGen Board Directors

John Toru Rankin

John Rankin is the Founder and President of Hapa Travel LLC, a boutique destination-management company specializing in group travel to Hawai`i which he started in 2018. Previously he served as Destination Manager at Expedia for over 8 years managing Expedia’s local partner accounts and sales teams. He has also lived and worked in Tokyo for 6 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Hogan Entrepreneurship Program at Chaminade University. John is a member of JASH’s NexGen Advisory Board and the U.S.-Japan Council’s Emerging Leaders Program and is a summer school teacher at Iolani School.

Tyler Hiranaka

Tyler Hiranaka is the Owner of Le Jardin Royaux, a fine jewelry sales and design company specializing in brand creation and design which he started in 2017. Tyler is active in the community and served as the JCI Honolulu State President in 2018 and Asian American Jaycees Charter President from 2014-2016. As JCI Honolulu State President, he chaired and hosted the first major international JCI project in Hawaii since 1997 focusing on sustainability.  In addition, he has established new local chapter relationships with JCI Japan as well as other Asia Pacific JCI organizations. He is a graduate of Kapiolani Community College. Tyler is a member of JASH’s NexGen Advisory Board and continues to play an active role as a member of JCI Honolulu.

JASH NexGen Advisory Counsel

Toby Tamaye

Toby Tamaye is President of AT Marketing, one of Hawaii’s top digital and social media marketing firms.  Recognized as a top strategist to reach the 25-50 year old demographic market and international visitor industries, Toby has successfully attained a large following on social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yelp.  He has been instrumental in assisting JASH with the formation of JASH NexGen Advisory Board.  He is also a founding member of Alaka`i, the Hawaii Foodbank’s young leaders group who are passionate about ending hunger in Hawaii.

John Toru Rankin

John Rankin is the Founder and President of Hapa Travel LLC, a boutique destination-management company specializing in group travel to Hawai`i which he started in 2018. Previously he served as Destination Manager at Expedia for over 8 years managing Expedia’s local partner accounts and sales teams. He has also lived and worked in Tokyo for 6 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Hogan Entrepreneurship Program at Chaminade University. John is a member of JASH’s NexGen Advisory Board and the U.S.-Japan Council’s Emerging Leaders Program and is a summer school teacher at Iolani School.

Travis Kikuchi

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JASH NexGen Advisory Board Members

Tyler Hiranaka

Rich Kiyabu

Kristian Lipumano

David Hayashida

Matthew Chang

Jessica Ogasawara

Delle Tanioka

Mika Morigawara

Dustin Deniz

Monchalee Ota

Howard Soon

Yuko Baker

 

Taste of JASH Food Series

A concept created by the JASH NexGen Advisory Board, the Taste of JASH Food Series features regional cuisine, travel hotspots and information about our Sister States and Cities in Japan.  Each event in 2019 featured Japanese restaurants who created a special regional menu.  Guests enjoyed networking with JASH board members and forming new relationships between multi-generations.

 

Asian-Pacific

Children's Convention

The APCC program provides the actual experience for students to travel to Japan and reinforce the concept of Different Perspectives introduced and taught in the Japan-in-a-Suitcase programs. For July 2020, JASH will send four 10 or 11-year-old Junior Ambassadors to Fukuoka, Japan to interact with over 200 other student peers from over 40 countries and regions at the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention. They also participate in a home-stay where they experience living with a Japanese family in Fukuoka for about one week.​

For more information please email JASH Educational Program Director, Takako Miyazawa, at tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org.

 

Japan Day

At the high school level, Japan Day, held twice a year, has given public and private high school students who are studying Japanese an opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with various Japanese cultural activities, such as ikebana, calligraphy, soroban, bon dance, tea ceremony, kimono wearing, karate, and life skills. This program reinforces what the Japanese teachers are teaching in the classroom and expands on their learning through firsthand exposure.

For more information please email tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org

 

Other Educational Programs

JASH does a number of other educational programs throughout the year. 

For more information please email tmiyazawa@jashawaii.org

 
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