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 friends following the very informative and inspiring talk.

Guests enjoying friendship and conversation at the table.

JASH would like to express a big mahalo to Ms. Jessica Welch and Ms. Jenny Leung of Manoa Heritage Center for helping us become more aware of the important history and nature around us. Special thanks also to Tomodachi Committee Co-Chair and volunteer photographer Ray Tabata for coordinating this event.

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