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Please click on the link to the article by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser regarding the effects of the earthquake and personal accounts of Hawaii JETs currently in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and everyone there.
As more and more news develops regarding the tragic situation in Japan, it is also heartwarming to see communities and organizations join the relief effort. JETAA Hawaii is coordinating with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH), a nonprofit organization in the local community with many ties to Japan, to provide monetary donations. If you are interested in making a donation on behalf of JETAA Hawaii, please select which organization you would like your donation to go to, and follow the instructions:
1) Donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The Japanese Red Cross Society serves many people throughout Japan and operates hospitals and blood collection agencies. Please make checks payable to: Japan-America Society of Hawaii, and in the notes section, write “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.” We will be accepting cash or check donations at the JETAA Hawaii Kujira Hike this Sunday, March 20, 9 a.m. hike at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail; 11:30 a.m. lunch at Kona Brewing Company. Please RSVP via the link in the invite that was previously sent. All donors will receive a tax letter from the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, and 100% of all donations will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
2) Donate to Sendai Ikuei Gakuen. This school has a branch office in Honolulu called I-Lion Hawaii School which is a JASH member. The school is collecting donations to provide to the people of Sendai and Japan and has asked JASH to collect these funds on their behalf. Please make checks payable to: Japan-America Society of Hawaii, and in the notes section, write “Sendai Ikuei Gakuen.” We will be accepting cash or check donations at the JETAA Hawaii Kujira Hike this Sunday, March 20, 9 a.m. hike at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail; 11:30 a.m. lunch at Kona Brewing Company. Please RSVP via the link in the invite that was previously sent. All donors will receive a tax letter from the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, and 100% of all donations will go directly to Sendai Ikuei Gakuen.
If you would like to mail your donation (checks only), please contact us at jetaahawaii [at] gmail.com for instructions on how to do so.
We encourage you to show some support from JETAA Hawaii, as Japan and its people have a special place in our hearts.
Dear JETAA Hawaii Ohana,
As you may be aware, Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake recently. Current JETs, please contact the consulate or embassy that you left from to let them know that you are okay.
JETAA USA has also created a short blog post that contains instructions for people in Japan, as well as resources for those of you who wish to stay abreast of what’s happening.
We also encourage you to explore the following links regarding the situation in Japan right now.
Please feel free to share this link with others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan.
Would you give up two of your precious Saturdays to volunteer in the community and promote the U.S.-Japan relationship at the grass-roots level? That’s exactly what over 15 of our JETAA Hawaii members, officers, and Hawaii JET alumni did in support of the Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition, held this past Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. The Japan Wizards Competition is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, a local nonprofit that works closely with JETAA Hawaii in promoting the friendship between the U.S. and Japan. Trips to Japan are awarded to the top scoring public and private school teams at the culmination of the Competition. The JETAA Hawaii ohana served as moderators, judges, timers, scorers, at Registration, setup and cleanup duty, and even as advisors of some of the registered school teams!
Congratulations to the winners, and to all the teams who participated! Most of all, thank you to the JETAA Hawaii ohana who dedicated their time and energy to the Competition! It was a huge success! We look forward to participating next year!
Most of the JETAA Hawaii ohana who volunteered at the Competition. We are missing a few people for the photo opp!
Last Wednesday, February 9th, JETAA Hawaii joined up with JAIMS (Japan-America Institute of Management Science) for happy hour drinks at Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower. Japan-America Institute of Management Science, or JAIMS, is a non-profit educational institute based in Hawaii Kai where students can prepare for a business-oriented career with a focus on the Pacific Rim. JAIMS co-partners with UH Manoa’s School of Business for the JEMBA (Japan-focused MBA) program that culminates with an internship in Japan that many JAIMS students participate in. Quite a few JET alumni also enroll in JAIMS, as well.
Members of each group relaxed over pupus and drinks while chatting, most being able to relate to one another through some similar experience from living in Japan. As a JET alumni, it was interesting to learn about the internships and work opportunities that the JAIM alumni have been through. We at JETAA Hawaii all had a great time meeting everyone from JAIMS and hope to pair up with JAIMS for more events in the future!
If you are interested to learn more about JAIMS or the JEMBA program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with someone who can give you more information.