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JASH Weekly Update 10/28: Register & Order for Taste of JASH-Kо̄ Hana Rum

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, Next week, we begin our Taste of JASH: Nomu Edition series! The first of these virtual pau hanas will feature Kо̄ Hana Distillers on Thursday, November 4 at 5:30PM (HST).

SPECIAL JASH PRE-ORDER PICK-UP! Join in the evening’s tasting featuring KEA White Hawaiian Agricole Rum! Select “JASH Pick-Up” from the pick-up options during checkout from the Kо̄ Hana online store. Orders will be available for pick-up from the JASH Office (1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 204) on Wednesday, November 3 from 9:00am-4:00pm. You must be 21+ to order; IDs will be checked at order pick-up. Pre-orders close November 1, so place your order today!

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.

Two weeks after our Kо̄ Hana pau hana, we welcome Ken Hirata, founder and owner of Hawaiian Shochu Company in Haleiwa for the next installment in our Taste of JASH: Nomu Edition series. We have information on how you can pre-order his small-batch shochu for JASH pick-up coming soon, but for now we encourage you to save your spot for this virtual pau hana by clicking the registration button below!

ToJ: 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.


Upcoming Events

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. 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.

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. To learn more about this year’s Bridge Awards Event and Silent Auction, please click here to visit our website.


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

Join us for our second workshop with the ʻAkahiao Nature Institute’s (ANI), Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us on November 13. 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 by clicking here, or visit ANI’s 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!


JASH Photography Contest

Congratulations and OMEDETŌ to our six winners! You can view the winning entries and our complete gallery of submissions by clicking the button above. The gallery will be available for viewing until November 18 at 5pm (HST). ARIGATŌ to everyone who entered, voted, and viewed our photo contest. We’re thrilled to have received all of your positive feedback for this contest, and we hope you all continue to take awesome photos during your adventures at home and abroad to share with us in the future!

Ono Kine Grindz 1st Place Curt Hasegawa 2nd Place Ray Tabata Oishii Tabemono 1st Place Maile Hirota 2nd Place Ray Tabata Japan Explorations 1st Place Matthew Kellar 2nd Place Atsushi Takebayashi


Shared Programs

By Lighthouse

Japanese College Fair 2021 Fall

English: Nov. 8-18

Japanese: Nov. 23 - Dec. 9

5-8pm (HST)


Many Japanese universities welcome all students who are currently studying outside of Japan. They offer incentives such as entrance exams taken outside of Japan, English-only enrollment, scholarships, Fall Entrance, exchange programs with top universities, and options to transfer credits from your current institution. Check the schedule using the link below for the complete list of participating schools. For details and to register, click here.


By Japan-America Society of Oregon

Women's Leadership Fireside Chat Nov. 18 2-3pm (HST) Zoom

Are you a Japanese, Japanese-American or API female, and looking to break that bamboo ceiling? Come join JASO’s fireside chat with Mari Watanabe, executive director of Partners in Diversity and co-chair of JASO’s Women’s Leadership Council, about her experiences as a minority female in climbing the corporate ladder. This is your space to share your challenges, your successes, at work. You may be a leader, aspire to leadership, or simply want to better understand how your cultural heritage influences your workplace. For details and to register, click here.


By the Hawai‘i International Film Festival

41st Annual Fall Festival

Online: Nov. 4-28

In-Theater (Oahu): Nov. 4-14

In-Theater (Neighbor Islands): Nov. 18-21

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani is proud to present the 41st Annual Fall Festival. Enjoy over 200 features and shorts from around the world, including Spotlight on Japan presented by Hawaiian Airlines. Use the promo code JASH for $2 OFF any non-HIFF member priced ticket for both in-person and virtual films. To view the Spotlight on Japan section and purchase tickets, click here.

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