6 students to represent Hawaii at Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Japan

Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) Junior Ambassadors
(Image: Hawaii News Now)
(Image: Hawaii News Now)

Each year, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) selects six 11-year-old students (three boys and three girls) from across the state to take part in a two-week convention as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan.

•             The convention is held from July 10 -24, 2016.

•             The purpose of the APCC is to promote international cooperation between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world.

•             Upon arrival in Fukuoka, the JAs participate in a Global Exchange Camp, where they interact with 226 children from 44 different countries.

•             The second week is spent with a Japanese host family and visiting local schools.

•             Prior to their trip, JASH conducts monthly training workshops for the six JAs to develop team-building skills and also to learn about the other countries taking part in the APCC.

•             The students complete monthly assignments such as research reports on Japan and Hawaii.

•             The students learn a hula routine that they will perform in Fukuoka. They will dance to the song E Ku'u Tutu.

•             In addition to the monthly workshops, the JAs have had a chance to participate in some other interesting activities as a group. In April, they went on a food "scavenger hunt" through Don Quijote and they also stayed one night at Camp Erdman in Waialua. In May they participated in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk and in June, they performed their hula at a JASH reception at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

•             This year, a total of 30 candidates applied from the island of Oahu. The final 6 students were selected after a long day of interviews and team activities.

•             The application is available each year in November and can be found online at www.jashawaii.org.  Interviews are held in January, and once the six are selected, training workshops are held monthly until the trip in July to Fukuoka.  For more information visit our website at www.jashawaii.org or call the JASH office at 524-4450. We also have several other Educational Programs – Japan in A Suitcase, Japan Day, and the Japan Wizards Competition that your viewers can find more information about on our website.

Convention Background

•             The APCC was founded by the Fukuoka Government in 1989 and has continued to grow each year.

•             Since it began, more than 8,700 Junior Ambassadors have visited Fukuoka with the APCC.

Japan-America Society of Hawaii

JASH president Lenny Yajima

Six Junior Ambassadors


Miya Kanetake (Moanalua Elementary, 5th grade)

Davina Li (Aina Haina Elementary, 5th grade)

Kourtney Nishimura (University Laboratory School, 5th grade)


Christian Kauhane (Punahou School, 5th grade)

Makoto Murata (Niu Valley Middle School, 6th grade)

Spencer Niemann (Kainalu Elementary, 5th grade)