2014 / Fundraising campaign for victims of Hiroshima landslide initiated in Honolulu

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Forwarded for Hawai’i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee

HONOLULU — The public is invited to join in a fundraising initiative to support the victims of the recent landslides in Hiroshima City.

On Tuesday, August 19, heavy rains in Hiroshima City caused more than 30 landslides, which subsequently damaged houses and caused the deaths of 72 residents as of Aug. 29.

Further heavy rains were forecasted during the coming weekend.  It is estimated that more than 1,600 residents of Hiroshima City had to vacate their homes and were housed in temporary shelters due to these landslides.

In view of this tragedy, a committee, “Hawai’i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee,” consisting of concerned organizations with roots and ties to Hiroshima Prefecture, has been organized to assist in fundraising efforts for this cause.

All monetary gifts for this fundraising effort are tax-deductible and are being accepted by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi:

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826, Attn:  C. Hayashino

Donations checks should be made payable to Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi and noted for the Hawaiʻi for Hiroshima Fundraiser.

100% of your donation will directly benefit Hawaiʻi for Hiroshima.

One of the fundraising organizers, Wayne Miyao, chairman of the Hiroshima Hawaii Sister State Committee, said, “As we have so many ties, relationships and friends in Hiroshima, we are saddened by this recent tragedy.  We welcome and humbly ask for the support of the people, businesses and organizations in Hawaii whose hearts are with the victims in Hiroshima.”

Another organizer, Robert “Bob” Nagao, President of the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai added, “We look forward to the support of all Hiroshima Kenjin Kais located throughout the State of Hawaii as well as those interested in Hiroshima and in Japan.”

The “Hawai’i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee” is chaired by Wayne Miyao, Chairman of the Hiroshima-Hawaii Sister State Committee, Robert “Bob” Nagao, President of the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Wayne Ishihara, President of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and Carole Hayashino, President and Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Contacts for “Hawai’i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee” are following:

Wayne Miyao, Hiroshima-Hwaii Sister State Committee / Phone: (808) 497-2364 (Honolulu) / E-mail:  wmiyao@hawaii.rr.com

Robert “Bob” Nagao, Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai / Phone: (808) 383-6307 (Honolulu) / E-mail: bobn@hawaiianisp.com

Carole Hayashino, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii / Phone: (808) 218-6723 (Honolulu) / E-mail: hayashino@jcch.com

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The City and County of Honolulu and the City of Hiroshima established a “sister” city relationship in 1959, which is one of the oldest such “sister” city relationships between a city in the United States with a city in Japan.

On August 6, 2014, Mayor Kirk Caldwell attended and participated in the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Ceremony to honor the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima.

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry created a “sister” chamber of commerce relationship with each other in 1981.  Through the years, numerous exchanges promoting business opportunities have been completed in Hawaii and in Hiroshima.

In May 2014, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, working with the DEBT of the State of Hawaii presented “clean energy” seminars in Hiroshima and other Japan cities.

The State of Hawaii and Hiroshima Prefecture established a “sister” state relationship in 1997.  Its goals have been to promote programs and causes centering on business and economic development, education, cultural and arts, athletics, and peace initiatives.

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai was established in 1955.  The purpose of this organization, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary of its establishment in 2015, is to promote and perpetuate the unique customs and traditions of Hiroshima.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i, which was established in 1988, continues to be a valuable community resource, strengthening Hawaii’s diverse community by educating present and future generations in the changing Japanese American experience in Hawaii.

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