Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

Students volunteering at fish game booth

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Japanese National Honor Society had the opportunity to volunteer at the ʻOhana Festival, hosted by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi (JCCH). Together with the community, they celebrated the 26th Annual New Year’s Festival for 2019 — the “Year of the Boar.”

The ʻOhana Festival is the state’s largest new year’s festival celebrating Japanese traditions. This fun-filled event, held at JCCH and the Moʻiliʻili Field, featured a craft fair, mochi pounding, taiko drumming, game booths, a variety of delicious Japanese food, and much more. The festival is a great way for families and friends to get together and celebrate the New Year and all of Hawaiʻi’s cultural diversity.

This year, IPA’s Japanese National Honor Society members had a wonderful chance to volunteer at the keiki games area. There were a variety of games to keep the littlest one entertained, including catching live fish, fishing for objects, crazy driving, leapfrog, and fukuwarai (a hilarious Japanese traditional activity). The JNHS students enjoyed talking to enthusiastic little kids, running back and forth from game to game, excited to fulfill their happiness. It was a great opportunity to help JCCH with their keiki games, and most importantly, to experience all festival had to offer.

Guest post contributed by Fionna Yuan (ʻ20)


Student volunteering at fish game booth

Anne Uesugi (’19).

Student helps a visitor at his booth

RJ Phillips (’20).

Student helps a visitor at her booth

Mika Okano (’20).

Students help a visitor at her booth

Kristy Munakata (’19) and Natalie Welch (’19).

Students volunteering at fish game booth

Haley Nakamura (’19), Mina Cintron (’20), and Rylyne Bravo (’19).

Student helps a visitor at her booth

Fionna Yuan (’20).


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