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JASH Weekly Update 9/2: Happy JASH Anniversary Month!

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, September is JASH’s anniversary month, and this year it’s a big one as JASH turns 45! Although we can’t celebrate in person, we feel so fortunate to be part of two great fundraising events, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk and Foodland’s Give Aloha campaign (#77966), and are thrilled to host a special 45th anniversary photo contest for our members. These three take place throughout September, so be sure to keep your eye on our Weekly Updates, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest event news! And don’t worry---we haven’t forgotten about our annual anniversary program, which took place last year as our virtual Annual Gala & Silent Auction. Behind the scenes, we’ve been busy cooking up new ways to safely celebrate with you all. We hope to share the details with you soon, so stay tuned!


Upcoming Events

JASH Photography Contest Submissions: September 1 - 22, 2021 General Voting: Sept. 24 - Oct. 7 Final Voting: Oct. 8 - Oct. 17

We’re hosting a photo contest to celebrate our 45th anniversary! Since we can’t travel to Japan right now, we want to see YOUR favorite places and most memorable food from your travels. This contest is open to current JASH members only (join or renew here). 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


Virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk August 30 - September 12, 2021 The Visitor Industry Charity Walk (VICW) is an important fundraising event that supports our educational programs like our Japan Wizards Competition (JWC) and the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). The funds raised through this walk support JASH and other non-profit organizations throughout Hawaii. There’s still time to JOIN or DONATE to Team JASH! To join, click here and select “Pledge To This Team” to register as a walker. Walkers will receive an email with information on how to set up the step-tracking app upon registration. Want to donate to JASH instead? Help us maximize our charity walk turnout by making your tax-deductible contribution via the VICW. Donating is through the same page as signing up to walk; click here and select “Pledge To This Team” to make a donation towards JASH. ANYONE can participate in the Charity Walk! Invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, clients, schools, clubs, etc. and safely track your steps from August 30 to September 12.


Foodland Give Aloha Fundraiser September 1 - 30, 2021 JASH Donation Code: 77966 During September, make a donation to JASH at any Foodland or Sack N Save checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization too!

How to donate:

  1. Shop at Foodland or Sack N Save in the month of September

  2. Show your Maika’i Card or enter your account phone number at checkout

  3. Tell the cashier our code 77966 and the amount of your donation (up to $249!)

  4. Review your receipt to confirm the following appears:

  • Organization name “Japan-America Society of Hawaii”

  • Your donation amount

  • Your Maika’i number

Mahalo for supporting JASH!


Shared Programs

By the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA)

Virtual Okinawan Festival

“Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha”

Sept. 4 & 5

YouTube, Facebook, & KHON

This year, HUOA invites you to enjoy the Virtual Okinawan Festival on YouTube, Facebook, and KHON. You can watch the virtual Okinawan Festival on the HUOA YouTube channel or on the HUOA Facebook or Okinawan Festival Facebook pages on Saturday, September 4 from 2pm - 5pm and Sunday, September 5 from 2pm - 5pm. They will also be airing a special one-hour shortened version of our Festival on KHON on Sat., Sept. 4 from 7pm, re-airing on Sun. at 8pm. ​ For details and to pre-order your bento, click here.


By Japan Society

Authentic Japanese Tofu: From Bean to Block Wed., Sept. 22 12:30pm (HST) Zoom

Delicate and delicious, tofu is a versatile food enjoyed in many Japanese dishes, from silky, chilled hiyayakko to deep-fried agedashidofu. At this online workshop, learn how to make fresh, authentic tofu at home with London-based chef and culinary educator Akemi Yokoyama. In the spirit of sustainability embodied by the Japanese concept of mottainai, participants will also use the tofu by-product to make tasty okara mochi. Discover what this plant-based protein has to offer, from bean to block and everything in between! Tickets: $25/$20 Japan Society members, seniors & students For details and to register, click here.

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