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JASH Weekly Update 7/2

Dear Members and Friends of JASH: Kakigoori! Yakitori! Natsumatsuri! Familiar words that say SUMMER IS HERE! We’re pleased to announce the JASH Talk-Story Series with an interesting line-up of guests to kick off the season.

Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: From Devastation to Resilience Virtual Talk-Story with Ray Tabata Thursday, July 16, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm

Port area, Ishinomaki,Miyagi, March 2012

Rebuilt Tsurukame sushi shop with owner and staff Rikuzentakata,Iwate July 2019

Join us for the first virtual talk-story session with long-time JASH member and volunteer photographer Mr. Ray Tabata, as he shares his photo collection and takes us back to the devastation of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the impact of the disaster. He will also talk about the resilience the people of Japan have demonstrated to emerge even stronger.

Ray retired from the University of Hawaii in 2011 after serving as a Hawaii Sea Grant extension specialist in resource management, coastal recreation, and tourism, and later as an international medical education specialist with the John A. Burns School of Medicine from 2002 to 2011. Since retiring, he has been spending more time enjoying photography, classical music and travel to Japan. From 2012 to March 2020, he has been regularly visiting Tohoku for various volunteer projects, visiting friends, and documenting the long recovery and reconstruction of communities devastated by the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.


Education Program Series

Looking for fun activities from the comfort of your home this summer or ways to express your creativity? Let’s learn origami from Hawaii’s Origami Swami, Ashley Nishihara, and make your own paper creations! You will learn origami while listening to entertaining stories. No prior experience required! Click HERE to find more information and register.


Upcoming Program

A Question of Loyalty: Five Inflection Points on the Road to Dignity Virtual Talk Story with Author Michael Malaghan Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm

Join us as author and JASH lifetime member, Mike Malaghan discusses his new book release A Question of Loyalty which dramatizes the Nisei struggle to prove their loyalty to a doubtful country wary of their presence. The novel features the early heroic days of the 100th/442nd and life in the concentration camps. Mr. Malaghan spent a lifetime in the corporate world on four continents, but knew in his heart that he was a writer. Married to a Tochigi “new Issei” and living in Hawaii, he knew the story of the Nisei Territorial Guard, who were stripped of their uniforms weeks after Pearl Harbor only to enlist a year later when allowed, was the stuff of a good story.


Over the past year, the JASH NexGen Advisory Board made up of JASH young leaders, have been hard at work planning and producing events such as the 2019 Taste of JASH regional cuisine food series featuring our sister state relationships with Japan; the upcoming inaugural JASH Virtual Natsumatsuri on August 13, 2020 and participating in panel discussions and talk-story sessions to discuss topics such as leadership, character building, generational gaps and other major topics of interest to this demographic group. It has been a fruitful and fulfilling journey working with these young leaders and through the NexGen initiative we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Rankin and Mr. Tyler Hiranaka as JASH Board Directors. CONGRATULATIONS John and Tyler!

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.

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.


Shared Program An Afternoon with the Author. Hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Award winning author Julie Checkoway, will launch the web-series with a discussion of her book "The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory.” Click HERE for more information.

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