HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Japanese-American Society of Hawaii has elected six Oahu students to be junior ambassadors representing Hawaii this summer.
The three boys and three girls were chosen from a pool of 28 applicants to travel to Japan in July and attend the 30th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention.
The 2018 junior ambassadors are Maxwell Niemann of Kainalu Elementary, Reyn Shimabuku of Iolani School, Kala Soares of Aina Haina Elementary, Keanna Lau of the Mid-Pac Institute, Joanna Sato of Hawaii Baptist Academy, and Emi Takatsuka of Punahou School.
The convention encourages children to build relationships across national borders to help them develop into the types of adults who feel socially responsible for the world. This year, 226 children from 44 countries were invited to participate.
In the months leading up to the APCC, junior ambassadors will attend a workshop one Saturday a month to prepare for their trip to Fukoka, where the conference will be held July 12 - 24. During the workshops they will develop team skills and build cultural knowledge about Japan.
At the conference, the Hawaii junior ambassadors will spend five days at a Global Exchange Camp, and nine days with a Japanese host family. The six 11-year-old students will be traveling with Sandy Takeda, a JASH volunteer chaperone.