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The Sadako Peace Projects include two initiatives: The Sadako Project, founded in 2014, and the Sadako Peace Cranes Project, founded in 2016. The projects are peace-building activities launched at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial by former Punahou Japanese language faculty Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo. JASH was honored to take over the projects in 2020.


Through the Sadako Project, volunteers teach visitors to Pearl Harbor about the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who was a victim of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and who would pass away from the effects of irradiation when she was twelve years old. In memory of Sadako's thousand paper cranes, visitors are invited to fold peace cranes bearing their own hopes for world peace.


In the Sadako Peace Cranes Project, teachers in Japan are invited to share the story of Sadako, World War II, and the importance of peace with their students. As part of the lesson, Japanese students fold peace cranes containing their messages of peace, which are then shared with Pearl Harbor visitors. This initiative connects Japanese participants with others from around the globe through these small, beautiful, and meaningful paper cranes.


Through the Sadako Peace Projects, we hope to connect the people of Hawaii, Japan, and around the world to establish friendships and cross-cultural understanding, raise awareness of the consequences of war, and build a more peaceful future.








If you'd like to volunteer with the Sadako Peace Projects, please contact JASH Program Specialist Christianne Ono for more details.



Phone: +1-808-524-4450

We'd love to host your class, club, or organization! Volunteers must be at least of high school age; volunteers under 18 must receive parent/guardian permission. Please contact us at the email above if you'd like to schedule a day for your group to volunteer with us!

Individual volunteers not affiliated with a certain organization are also welcome to join us on days we have open spots available.

The next Projects day will be on Saturday, November 19. This volunteer date is by invitation-only to students from Punahou School and UH Manoa's Matsunaga Institute. If you would like to be added to our email list to be notified of future volunteer dates, please contact Christianne at the email above.

For volunteers who will be joining us in upcoming projects, please download and complete the following forms prior to your volunteer date. Your packets must be received by the JASH Office at least ONE WEEK PRIOR to your volunteer date.

Space is limited, so volunteers who do not turn in their packets/contact Christianne in a timely fashion may be asked to join us on another date. 

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1. General Information

2. Application Packets - For High School Students For Adult Volunteers/Chaperones

3. Mandatory Viewing - JASH Japan Day "Peace Studies" Video + Review Quiz