Japanese Students From Tsunami-Stricken Areas To Visit Hawaii

Published On: Dec 06 2011 10:48:48 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 06 2011 10:51:27 PM HST

The next group of Japanese students from regions of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in March of this year will arrive in Hawaii on Dec. 21st for a nine-day stay under the Rainbow for Japan Kids, an educational, cultural learning and exchange program.

This was announced in a press release by the Japan-America Society Of Hawaii.

The group consists of 25 middle school students ages 12 to 15 from Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures who lost parents in the tsunami, or are evacuees from the nuclear accident area in Fukushima.

"The outpouring of support from the community has been great" said JASH President Ed Hawkins.

He added, "The program?s motto is ?To Dream Again,? and we are confident that the scope of activities we have planned will engage the children in the natural beauty and Aloha of Hawaii and they will return to Japan refreshed and motivated to better their lives."

The group will spend their time engaging in outdoor activities at YMCA?s Camp Erdman on the North Shore of Oahu and Kilauea Military Camp on Hawaii Island?s Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii students from the Asian-Pacific Children Convention?s Bridge Club and Big Island?s Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science charter school will also participate in these activities to create and foster lasting relationships between the Japanese children and the children of Hawaii.

In addition, the group will attend the Childrens Party at the Halekulani Hotel arranged by its staff on Christmas Eve, as well as a Christmas dinner hosted by members of the Nadeshiko Club and a Christmas light trolley tour.

Before departing, the group will also have the chance to take a tour conducted by Hawaii?s Air National Guard of a C-17 transport aircraft, the same type that provided initial support to open Sendai airport and get relief supplies to the disaster region.

This visit is also being supported for the first time by the TOMODACHI initiative.


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