Honolulu –Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui met with six 11-year-old Junior Ambassadors to congratulate them on their selection by the Japan-American Society of Hawaii. He discussed the importance of representing Hawaii and spreading aloha while attending the 25th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan.
“You make us all proud and I know you will do your best to represent Hawaii. Just remember to learn, but also have fun because this will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.
The APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. For three days, the Hawaii Junior Ambassadors will be with 226 children from 44 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region at an Exchange Camp at Marine House. They will then spend seven days with a Japanese host family in Fukuoka.
Junior Ambassador Brett Castro summarized the enthusiasm of the group when he exclaimed, “I’m excited to meet my host family, experience the culture, and eat the food!”
25th APCC Hawaii Delegation:
Kate Helbush (Moanalua Elementary)
Kiana Kawahara (Pearl Ridge Elementary)
Megan Oshiro (Aina Haina Elementary)
Brett Castro (Mililani Ike Elementary)
Cole Ichikawa (Iolani School)
Wesley Yamada (Maemae Elementary)