Tomodachi Inouye Scholars to make presentation at UH Hilo

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Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to a presentation by UH Hilo Tomodachi Inouye Scholars, who will share their experiences from a recent visit to Japan. The presentation is on Friday, April 29, from 2- 4 p.m., in Lumi Pahiahia at Hale `Olelo (College of Hawaiian Language Building).

The Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Program is a unique youth exchange, sponsored by the U.S-Japan Council, that perpetuates the legacy of the late Hawai’i U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye by providing American and Japanese university students with an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The 21 UH Hilo Tomodachi Inouye Scholars visited Tokyo and Hokkaido during spring break, where they met with the country’s indigenous Ainu population.

“The Tomodachi scholars (Nāaoloa) hope to emulate the legacy of our kūpuna (elders) and Senator Inouye in reaching and interacting with the most distant worlds,” said Kekoa Harman, faculty co-chaperone of the program. “Through travel, education, language and cultural exchange, the participants in this experience from UH Hilo seek to be enlightened in truly understanding where we come from and how we are deeply connected to others even in a place as distant as Japan.”

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