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JASH Weekly Update: Meet Our 2022 Junior Ambassadors

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) is pleased to announce the selection of four Junior Ambassadors (JAs) to represent JASH and Hawaii at the 34th Annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). This year’s JASH APCC program will be a hybrid program, combining in-person JASH preparatory workshops with virtual APCC activities.

The 2022 Junior Ambassadors for the United States of America-Hawaii Delegation are (L-R, above photo):

  • Kent Clark, attends ʻIolani School

  • Jake Miyasaki, attends Voyager Public Charter School

  • Sehren Villarimo, attends Aina Haina Elementary School

  • Zoe Kikuta, attends Aina Haina Elementary School

They will be accompanied during their virtual exchanges by chaperone David Hayashida, an active member and current secretary of the JASH NexGen Advisory Committee.

For the next several months, the four Junior Ambassadors—two boys and two girls, all aged eleven at the time of the APCC—will participate in a JASH-designed training program for their cross-cultural virtual exchanges later this summer. Our JAs will have hands-on experiences with Japanese and Pacific cultures, through activities such as a cuisine scavenger hunt and taste-test at Don Quijote; zazen and kendo lesson at Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo in Kalihi; and a three-day, two-night trip to the ʻAkahiao Nature Institute in Kona. During the virtual APCC, students will meet over 100 fellow Junior Ambassadors from over thirty regions throughout the Asia-Pacific region through a series of Zoom workshops held over three weekends. Although they are unable to gather together in Fukuoka, Japan this year, the virtual exchange is a special and unique opportunity to connect students from around the globe. It is our hope that our Ambassadors will mature into adults with a strong sense of social responsibility. The Asian-Pacific Children's Convention is a cultural exchange program that deepens participants’ appreciation for the cultures of other nations and regions, promotes mutual understanding and friendship, nurtures international awareness in young people, and works towards world peace and co-existence. It is hoped that the JAs will build an international network of friends. JASH is honored to have served as the Liaison Office for the Hawaii delegation since 2003. If you wish to know more about the APCC program, please visit the JASH website at, or contact Christianne Ono, APCC Program Coordinator at


Upcoming Programs


Mahalo to our sponsors and donors for our 32nd Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic! If you are interested in supporting this year's Golf Classic, click "LEARN MORE" above to visit this year's event webpage. Our annual Golf Classic will be on Monday, July 18, 2022 with shotgun start at 11:30AM at the beautiful Mid-Pacific Country Club. As always, we’re working hard behind the scenes to plan a course full of fun entertainment and delicious treats. To learn more about our Golf Classic, please contact Justin George at Mahalo to our Title Sponsor, Pacific Guardian Life for their longtime continued support of our Golf Classic.


Shared Programs

By Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra

Birds & Angels Masterworks Concert

May 14-15 Hawaii Theatre

Keitaro Harada leads the HSO in our final indoor Masterworks concert of the season. The performance features three selections from prolific Japanese composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu. Todd Yukumoto plays Nikolai Kapustin’s jazz-inspired Concerto for Alto Saxophone. JASH Members enter code "JASHawaii" at checkout to redeem a 25% discount. You may also call the box office at 808-380-7720 to purchase (M-F 10AM-2PM) and mention the code to receive this exclusive JASH discount. For details and to purchase tickets, click here.

By University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College

Japanese Language Classes for the Beginner to Advanced Speaker

June 4-Aug. 13 Sat. 9-11:45AM Online

Learn Japanese over the summer through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College! Classes are offered for students of all level, from beginner through advanced speakers. Early Bird registration ends May 14, 2022; General registration ends May 27, 2022. For details and to register, click here. 日本語の会話練習を通してハワイの生徒さん達と文化交流をしてみませんか。ハワイ大学マノア校アウトリーチカレッジ(一般向け講座)では広い年齢層の生徒が、初級から上級まで7クラスにわたり 日本語会話を勉強しています。生徒の会話練習(練習問題、ダイアログ、ロールプレイ、雑談等、毎回一時間ほど)の 相手になってくださる方を募集しています。生徒は皆さんとの会話の中で、活きた日本語に接することができ、上達の励みになります。皆さんにとっても、母国語、日本文化の再発見に繋がるかもしれません。オンライン授業(Zoom)なので、Wifi環境が整っていることが必須です。 参加していただいた方には、参加証明を発行いたします。開催日時:6月4日ー8月13日 毎土曜日 (7月2日を除く) 午前10時30分ー11時45分 (ハワイ時間) オンライン(Zoom) 興味のある方はuhmjapanese@gmail.comまでお問い合わせください。

By Lighthouse

Japanese College & Vocational School Fair

2022 Spring

May 22 & June 5

Each participating university and vocational school has a designated program for international students and will be providing the latest information for those who are interested in enrolling in 2022-2023. They offer incentives such as entrance exams taken outside of Japan, English-only enrollment, scholarships, Fall Entrance, exchange programs with top universities in the world, Learning Japanese practical skills, and transferring systems from colleges. Participating schools include J. F. Oberlin University, International Christian University, Sophia University, and many more! For details and to register, click here.

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