Spreading Aloha in Japan–Planning a Cultural Education Event

Aloha everyone!

Thanks to my office day on my last working day of this year, I have had a chance to do all of the small things that slipped through the cracks while I was busy and stressed out with work and life such as write blog posts. So, I am happy to be back today with another post about an event that I hosted on November 18, 2018 to teach about the “real Hawaii” and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii.

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A little while after I moved her, I asked my supervisor about the possibility of hosting an event to share about Hawaii’s culture to the people who live in the town and she said yes. Although in hindsight I realize that I shouldn’t have been so ambitious with trying to make and plan an entire event so soon after arriving here, I am happy that I did.

We had a pretty good turnout of about 14 people who were mostly members of the eikaiwa or English Conversation Classes hosted by the BOE.

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We opened up with a game of evolution–Hawaii style and I think that really helped get people to be a little more relaxed. I myself was really nervous but tried my best to project that Hawaii warmth and personality that is so important to me and one of the reasons why I wanted to host the event in the first place.

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After the ice breaker we went straight into the presentation which included my self-introduction followed by really brief introductions to Japanese-American history in Hawaii, the history of Native Hawaiians, the Hawaiian Language as well as pidgin. I also broke out the dance that I learned back at Willamette for the Lu’au and performed the Queen’s Jubilee.

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One of the biggest hitches for that day were technical difficulties as the room did not have WiFi and the computer couldn’t play my videos. As I had planned to have those videos be a big part of my presentation I was pretty bummed to be honest but I think that with a little extra energy and exaggerated acting that it wasn’t a complete failure. We all danced together to my improvised A-L-O-H-A song as no one else could see the video except for me and they couldn’t see the lyrics either but it was fun.

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After the presentation was over we all sat around and ate some snacks together. Although I was still very nervous and was not sure how the event was received, it felt good to have it finally be done after months of waiting. I hope to have Aloha Asagiri round 2 in the early half of next year so please look forward to that as well.

 

Thank you!

❤ Kira

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