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Open to all graduates living in Japan and people who have attended the University of Hawai‘i, friends of the University of Hawai‘i and people who have a general deep love of Hawai‘i. The chapter was established on June 25, 2008 by Naoko Chimaru. We meet several times a year in the Tokyo area to get together and have a great time. We have ono Hawaiian food at our events, Hawaiian entertainment, and lots of aloha to go around. Anyone homesick for Hawai‘i in Japan is invited! We have had prominent speakers from the University of Hawai‘i as well as other famous people connected to Hawai‘i. We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our events! Aloha!

Chapter Mission

UHAA–Japan (UHAAJ) promotes and supports the University of Hawai‘i, connects alumni and friends living in Japan with the university, builds stakeholder relationships in the community, and inspires pride among the University of Hawai‘i ‘ohana. UHAA honors its "Pa‘ahana," or "commitment," to you, our valued alumni and friends, and to furthering the goals of the University of Hawai‘i.

Board of Directors

Kennard Wong (BBA ’89, Shidler College of Business)
Dedicated NICE Program interchanger and avid karaoke and shower singer

Taeko Yasutake (PhD ’12, Shidler College of Business)
Loves ballet and learning to dance en pointe

Chie Hashimoto (LL.M ’06, William S. Richardson School of Law)
Dedicated martial artist and enthusiastic belly dancer

Fumi Nitta (MA ’81, PhD ’89, UH Mānoa College of Social Science)
Fulbright scholar, scuba diver and Shorinji Kempo black belt holder

Sachi Nakayama (LL.M ’05, William S. Richardson School of Law)
Loves playing tennis and cooking with family

Moto Tomita (BA ’87, UH Mānoa Colleges of Arts and Sciences; MA ’90, UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences)
Former UH dormitory hall director, scholar-athlete, ISO Outstanding Student of the Year honoree

Takeshi Ambiru (AA ’02, Kapi‘olani CC; BBA ’05, Shidler College of Business)

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