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Class folds paper cranes for Fukushima radiation victims

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A group of third graders hope to send sisters visiting from Fukushima home to Japan with 1,000 paper cranes that represent wishes for health and good will.

West Hawaii Today reports the students at Makua Lani Christian Academy were taught to fold the paper creatures by sisters Hinata and Futaba Abe, both in Hawaii as part of the Fukushima Kids Hawaii project.

Co-founder Yumi Kikuchi says the program seeks to give the 300,000 kids living in Fukushima respite from the radiation that's been causing health problems among the population since March 2011.

A Japanese legend says anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted a wish, and the third graders hope to fold that many to send with the sisters when they head home.

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