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UH Manoa students folding origami cranes, collecting donations for Japan

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MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are showing their support for the people of Japan following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The International Student Association, the International Business Organization, and other student groups are coordinating the folding of 1,000 origami cranes and writing messages of support. They're also collecting donations for the American Red Cross' Japan relief fund.

The cranes and messages will be sent to the Consul General of Japan in Honolulu as a goodwill gesture.

"The cranes are more of a moral and emotional support that we want to give to the Japanese people because I know that a lot of people want to do something extra, not just donate money," Ivan Lam, student organizer, said.

On Friday night, students will take part in a candlelight vigil using the light from their cell phones instead of candles. It will begin at 7 PM at Bachman Lawn on the Manoa campus.

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