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JASH Weekly Update 11/11: Thank You to our Veterans

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

This November 11, we specially extend our heartfelt kansha to all of our veterans, past and present. Mahalo nui loa for your sacrifice, bravery, and for everything you do. On this day and every day, we are thankful for your service.

There are many resources available to learn about the history of Nisei veterans in Hawaii, including the Nisei Veterans Legacy, the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Education Center, and the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center.

Happy Veterans Day!


Upcoming Events

THIS SATURDAY, join us for our second workshop with the ʻAkahiao Nature Institute’s (ANI), Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us on Saturday, November 13 at 10AM (HST). Everyone is welcome!

Part II of the Edible World Series will focus on how nature nurtures our well-being mentally, physically, and spiritually. Come along as the team from ANI guide you through one of Huʻehuʻeʻs most prominent features, ʻAkahipuʻu. The puʻu serves as an outdoor classroom for the groups we host and many free form discussions have taken place in this space, as being in nature is mentally uplifting and has many health benefits. Then, we will tap into lāʻau lapaʻau or medicinal herbs and plants that the garden provides, followed by a hands-on lei workshop that feeds and nourishes the soul.

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 this interactive family-friendly workshop!


For our second installment in our Taste of JASH: Nomu Edition series, we welcome Ken Hirata, founder and owner of Hawaiian Shochu Company in Haleiwa for a virtual distillery tour and talk-story, moderated by JASH Board Director John Rankin. Save your spot for this virtual pau hana on Thursday, November 18 at 5:30PM (HST). 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.

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER & JASH PICK-UP—Usually, the only way to get a hold of their exclusive shochu is drive out to their distillery on the North Shore. Exclusive for this JASH event, we’re excited to offer order pick-up at the JASH Office! Hawaiian Shochu Company now has *THREE* types of shochu available: their NamiHana #17 Hawaiian Blend 2 ($42.75+tax), NamiHana EXTRA ($44.75+tax), and their NEW Haleiwa Rainbow Shochu Gin ($68+tax).

To order, please contact Hawaiian Shochu Company Owner Ken Hirata at by November 12. In your message, please let him know what bottles you would like to order and that you would like them for “JASH Pick-Up.”

Orders will be available for pick-up from the JASH Office (1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 204) on November 15-17 from 9:00am-4:00pm. You must be 21+ to order; IDs will be checked during order pick-up.


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.


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!


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 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.


By the Japan Foundation New York

PRE-EVENT: Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 Online: Nov. 15-21

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people around the world have been facing tremendous uncertainty, loneliness, and grief. As a response to this, last year the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) launched an online film festival in hopes that Japanese films would be able to provide some positivity and light into viewer’s lives, even if only a little. As we continue preparations for Japanese Film Festival Online 2022, here’s an opportunity to catch up on some of the popular titles from last year in case you missed it. These 5 titles will be FREE to watch from November 15-21: CAN’T STOP THE DANCING; Little Nights, Little Love; GON, THE LITTLE FOX; Tora-san in Goto; and The Great Passage. For details and to register, click here.

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