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JASH Weekly Update 10/14: 2021 JASH Silent Auction Fundraiser

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, SAVE THE DATE—Our 2021 Silent Auction will be held online from December 10-14, 2021, with auction preview starting on December 7. Our Silent Auction is one of our biggest annual fundraisers and is part of our annual Bridge Awards Event. Proceeds from the auction go directly to JASH so that we may continue to produce programming for our community. From professional events like JASH 5:01 and special-interest speakers, to networking social hours like Natsumatsuri and Taste of JASH, to our beloved educational programs like Japan Wizards Competition and the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, we build bridges between the U.S. and Japan through the unique perspective of Hawaii for all levels and ages. DONATE TO OUR SILENT AUCTION—We are currently accepting donations of goods and services for our Silent Auction! If you have item(s) you would like to donate to JASH, please complete and submit the donation form by clicking the button below. For more details, click here to visit our Silent Auction webpage.

ABOUT THE 2021 BRIDGE AWARDS EVENT—While we are excited to hold our Bridge Awards Event in-person this year (more information coming soon), we ask for your understanding as we have transformed its format to address health concerns. With everyone’s safety as our highest priority, we need to limit event seating, and it is with our sincerest apologies that we will not be able to offer general ticket sales this year. Consequently, we will not be able to welcome many of our incredible JASH ʻOhana who regularly attend and support us through this event. If you do wish to support JASH through the Bridge Awards Event, we invite you to join our online Silent Auction.

Mahalo nui loa, dо̄mo arigatо̄ gozaimasu, and thank you very much for your support and understanding as we continue to navigate these unique challenges during these unprecedented times.


Ongoing Events

JASH Photography Contest FINAL VOTING: October 8-17

This is the LAST WEEKEND to get your final votes in for our Photo Contest! Thank you for all of your active participation over this past month. Thanks to all of your votes, we’ve now determined our top 10 photos in each category. Our first and second-place winners will be determined during this Final Voting Round, held from October 8-17. Final voting is again open to EVERYONE, so tell your friends and family to vote for their favorite shots! You may vote once per email address per day during this round, meaning you can vote for your top photo once per day!

Contest Categories Oishii Tabemono Ono Kine Grindz Japan Explorations Prizes First Place per Category: $100 Visa or Mastercard Cash Card Second Place per Category: $50 Visa or Mastercard Cash Card


Upcoming Events

This fall, we are excited to team up with the fantastic team behind the ʻAkahiao Nature Institute’s (ANI) Huʻehuʻe Ranch in Kona to connect JASH members back to nature in a two-part Zoom workshop series: Edible World.

Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us Saturday, November 13, 2021 10-11am (HST) Zoom Meeting

SAVE THE DATE for the second workshop Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us on November 13. You do NOT need to attend the October program to join us in November; everyone is welcome! More details on this program are coming soon. To learn more about ANI, watch chaperone Yuuki Inagawa’s vlog of our Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention Junior Ambassador’s summer sustainability camp below or visit their website here. Their team is passionate about connecting people of all ages back to the 'āina, and they host a number of programs at Huʻehuʻe Ranch in Kona throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you and your keiki at these interactive family-friendly workshops!


Save the Date

Kо̄ Hana Distillers

Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Farm-to-Bottle Kо̄ Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum is handcrafted from heirloom Hawaiian sugarcane⁠ (kо̄) brought to the islands by the early Polynesian voyagers. Their popular tasting tours are offered daily in both English and Japanese. Click here for their website.

Hawaiian Shochu Company

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2021

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Hawaiian Shochu Company Founder and Owner Ken Hirata and his wife Yumiko produce small-batch Honkaku Shochu in Haleʻiwa using locally-sourced sweet potatoes (imo) through traditional, old-style techniques. Click here for their website.

Mānoa Honey & Mead

Thurs., Jan. 13, 2022

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Oʻahu's one and only Hawaiian craft mead mixes Hawaiian honey and tropical fruits, creating a drink tailored for the local climate. Since taking over Mānoa Honey in 2014, owners Yuki and Erika Uzuhashi and their team in Wahiawā also produce raw honey and specialty hive products. Click here for their website.


Shared Programs

By Japan-America Society of Northern California

New Discoveries in Japanese Culture with Miss Sake Japan 2021 Mon., Oct. 18 1:00pm (HST)

We see and enjoy Japanese sake often in our daily lives at restaurants, supermarkets, on TV, and more. But have you ever wondered about the story behind this drink? Join the Japan-America Society of Northern California for a special program with Miss Sake Japan 2021, dedicated to exploring sake as Japanese culture, both in historical and modern terms. For details and to register, click here.


By the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Ta-Ke Leadership Series The Legacy of the Nisei Veterans with Leonard Oka Wed., Oct. 20 4:00pm (HST)

As a son of a 442nd RCT soldier, Leonard has a lifelong dedication to the Nisei veterans. A co-founder of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and president of the Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, Leonard will share the history and stories of the Center. For details and to register, click here.


By Table For Two

Onigiri Action Oct. 5 - Nov. 5 Photo Campaign Meal Drive

Onigiri Action is an annual social good campaign in autumn connecting the simple act of taking a photo with helping to feed school children in need. During the campaign, through the generosity of Table For Two’s (TFT) partner organizations, every Japanese rice-ball-related post on the TFT global campaign website or your own social media with #OnigiriAction will provide five school meals to children in need around the world! New for 2021: #StateOnigiri! Post onigiri photos with #OnigiriAction + #StateOnigiri to spread Onigiri Action across the country! For details and to share your onigiri photos, click here.


By International Christian University

ICU Global Youth Essay Competition Deadline: Nov. 30, 4:59AM (HST)

International Christian University (ICU) and Japan ICU Foundation invite youth from around the world to share their views on how to make society better. Each year, essay topics are selected in the areas of human rights and current events. For 2021, the application will be open from August 15 to November 30. Apply now to win great prizes, including the top prize of two round-trip tickets to Japan! For details and to enter, click here.

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