On February 24, USJC members in Hawaii organized a membership event. About forty people gathered at the Waialae Country Club.
The program included several speakers, including Board Member Bobby Ichikawa, who gave welcome remarks. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye thanked the Hawaii members for an incredible Annual Conference last year, and discussed the upcoming Sixth Annual Conference that will be held in Tokyo in November.
Lynn Miyahira and Aki Marceau, both Associate Members and alumnae of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), spoke about their experience with the program and how much they benefited from expanding their national and international network. They shared input from various ELP Alumni about how their careers have grown and how they remain engaged with USJC and the Japanese American community.
ELP alumni and Associate Members in Hawaii: (L-R) Kent Walther, John Rankin, Brandon Marc Higa, Lynn Miyahira, Kay Fukunaga, Aki Marceau, Nate Gyotoku
Council Member Dennis Ogawa, one of the faculty members leading the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars Program, briefly spoke about the upcoming Hawaii visit of Matsuyama University students, including a March 11 event (see the TOMODACHI News Corner below for details).
New Chairman of the Board of Directors Dennis Teranishi made concluding remarks, discussing the important role that Hawaii plays in USJC.
Several USJC sponsors also attended the event, including Mr. Jeff Watanabe of HEI Industries (HECO, American Savings) and Ms. Donna Eustaquio of American Airlines (shown below with Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Directors Mike Hirai, who led development for the Annual Conference in Honolulu). Ms. Eustaquio flew in from Los Angeles to attend!
(L-R) Mr. Watanabe, Ms. Eustaquio and Mr. Hirai
We thank the Hawaii members for organizing this event!