2016/9/29 9:38:09

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My name is Ayumi Karasawa and I graduated from HTIC in 2015. I recently stayed in Rio de Janeiro for almost one month to volunteer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In September, 2013, while I was still a CP student at HTIC, I saw a TV broadcast that Tokyo was selected as the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. I clearly remember that moment, and I decided that I wanted to be a member of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Afterwards, I did not hesitate to apply to be a volunteer for the Rio Olympic Games because I believed this was an opportunity that would be helpful towards my future dream.

At the Rio Olympics, I was a member of the Language Services Team. My role there was to be a language interpreter between the media and the athletes. The members of the Language Services Team came from all over the world from places such as Thailand, Germany, and Russia. The common language between all of us was English. I also worked with people from the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), an agency that provides images of the Olympic Games, and they spoke English, too. Even though Portuguese is the main language in Rio, I spoke English more. Most of my team members were very active, and they were able to speak more than three or four languages. I was very impressed by them.

I had many wonderful experiences in Rio. For example, I had a chance to meet Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo, at the Barra Olympic Park to explain the venues and my volunteer experiences. But in my opinion, the best thing that happened was that I was able to feel the excitement in the atmosphere at the Olympics. At the point when the Japanese national anthem played at the closing ceremony, I was even more excited for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Since I came back to Japan, I really miss the time I spent at the Rio Olympic Games. I do not think this feeling will ever fade away. I think that being at HTIC guided me towards this opportunity. I would like to encourage all HTIC students to take advantage of the time that you have there and learn many kinds of subjects and experience many things. HTIC was my gateway to Rio and the Olympics. Where will your HTIC experiences take you? Find whatever it is that motivates you and go for it!!

2016/9/23 8:10:34

Dr. Toake Endoh, HTIC professor of Political Science, was a featured speaker at a USJI (U.S.-Japan Research Institute*) seminar on "Issues Related to Immigration and Foreign Workers: Implications to Japan" in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 2016. She discussed Japan's policy for foreign nurse acceptance from a global perspective. At the reception following the event, Dr. Endoh had a brief talk with U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts on the American values of diversity and inclusiveness. [Click photo to enlarge]

Congratulations, Dr. Endoh!


*The U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) is a U.S. non-profit organization established in Washington, D.C., in 2009 through the cooperation of multiple Japanese universities. It serves as a hub for U.S.-Japanese knowledge, which it then communicates to wider audience in order to help build a better future for the international community.

2016/8/29 11:02:22

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Thanks to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), our College Preparatory 3 class had a field trip on August 17, 2016, to the HART Rail Operations Center located next to Leeward Community College. The students were welcomed by Mr. Fujita, Project Manager, and each student was given a security clearance badge and safety gear. The students first viewed a PowerPoint overview of the Honolulu Rail Project in the Rail Operations Center conference room (while enjoying manapuas!) and learned many facts about the 20-mile and 21-station rail system. The presentation also included some technical and engineering information about the trains, guideway and facilities. The students then put on their safety gear and staff escorted the group to see the guideway, the trains, maintenance equipment and facilities, and the actual operations center. The students had a chance to ask questions and to get an up-close look at the trains. It was a rare opportunity for HTIC students to walk through the highly secured maintenance facility and to enjoy panoramic views of Pearl Harbor.

Mahalo, HART!


2016/8/24 10:48:07

HTIC welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Misao Keith as its new Dean of Instruction. Dr. Keith holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she grew up bilingual in English and Japanese. She worked as a correspondent in Hawaii for NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation for over 25 years. She's also worked in over 30 cities in the U.S. and Japan as a professional interpreter for trials and depositions for product liability cases, as well as for international conferences, business negotiations, press conferences, and media interviews. She has been invited to present workshops and papers in Japan, Singapore, the U.S., South Africa, and Kenya. Fortunately, she loves to travel! After teaching at the Centre for Transcultural Studies in Singapore from 2012-2015 alongside diverse international faculty members, her current interests are multiculturalism and cross cultural competency.

E komo mai / Yokoso / Welcome, Dr. Keith!

2016/6/28 13:36:50

HTIC hosted a Judo Camp in the Tatsuro Matsumae Auditorium from June 9-12, 2016. Coordinated by 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Asano of Leeward Judo Club, with guidance of visiting Tokai University sensei Ryuma Asahina and support from HTIC graduate Matthew Ogata, over 80 judoka from judo clubs across Oahu gathered to practice and improve their techniques.

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