2008/6/3 14:45:06

An exhibition of Ikebana (Flower Arranging) from the Sessyu School was open for public viewing in HTIC’s auditorium on May 30 – 31. The centerpiece of the exhibition was a large arrangement of cherry blossoms and proteas arranged by Mrs. Setsuko Matsumae, who is an accomplished teacher of Sessyu School flower arrangement and tea ceremony. Mrs. Matsumae deliberately chose to arrange the cherry blossoms, delicate Japanese flowers; and protea, which thrive on the southern slopes of Mauna Loa and Haleakala, as a celebration of long-standing friendly Japan-US relations. Matsumae sensei is wife of Tokai University Educational System President, Dr. Tatsuro Matsumae.

Sessyu School members also provided Japan Studies Association grantees and Ikebana International members and guests with samplings of three different varieties of tea, including Matcha, the green tea that is customarily served during Japanese tea ceremonies. Over 100 guests from the local community enjoyed the exhibition celebrating traditional Japanese arts.

In addition to the Sessyu exhibition, the HTIC auditorium also held a display of the late Edo period art of Sagemon, which is indigenous to the Yanagawa region of Kyushu. "Sagemon" refers to hanging ornaments that are suspended from the ceilings of homes during Girl's Day celebrations (hinamatsuri) as expressions of a family's love for the child and hope that she will live a happy, healthy and long life.

In addition to the large display, the teachers of the Yanagawa Sagemon Association held a workshop for the Japan Studies Association grantees. The grantees learned how to make their own "mari," a central component of the Sagemon display whose round shape symbolizes the gentle nature of the Japanese people.

2008/5/31 14:19:00

Hawai´i Tokai International College and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Honolulu, June 30 - July 1, 2008. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

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Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 220MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary, walk-ins are not allowed.

For more information including venue location and maps, graduate testimonials and instant, online enrollment, please visit



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2008/5/22 10:49:37

Congratulations go out to the three members of the HTIC Triathlon Club for winnning first place in the Co-ed Relay of the 2008 Honolulu Triathlon, which was held on May 18 at the Ala Moana Beach Park. Students Masato Ariga, Ryohei Suzuki, and College Preparatory Program Instructor Rosalie (Rose) Paradise won this event with a remarkable time of 2:14:10.

The win is particularly noteworthy considering this is the first time these three competed together and the first time ever for Ryohei and Masato to enter a triathlon. The HonTri team represents not only HTIC, but also their home countries of Australia and Japan. Congratulations Rose, Masato, and Ryohei!

The HTIC Triathlon Club is currently recruiting new members and preparing for upcoming events, such as the June 29th Fire Cracker Sprint Triathlon and the 28th Annual Honolulu Tinman Triathlon on July 20. Please come out and give the team your support!

2008/5/20 14:36:30

On May 14, Ms. Jamie Nakama, of Capoeira Besouro Hawai`i (www.capoeirabesourohawaii.com), performed a capoeira demonstration with the help of Mestre Kinha and fellow capoeiristas (capoeira practitioners). Mr. Kinha, who is from Rio de Janeiro, is the director of Capoeira Besouro Hawai'i.

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian blend of martial art, game, and dance created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, extensive use of groundwork, sweeps and kicks.

Ms. Nakama is scheduled to teach "Introduction to Capoeira" and Cultural Anthropology during the HTIC Summer Term.

HTIC was proud to host this unique example of Brazilian culture as a campus event.

2008/3/21 12:29:47

On Saturday February 23, 2008 all 12 students from ECON 120, along with Professor White and Christopher Ritzau from HTIC Academic Services, attended the PAAC Global Vision Summit held at HTIC. The theme for this year was "Economic Development & Environmental Impact." The students served as volunteers by assisting with auditorium and room set ups, and also attended sessions of the conference.

The focus of the conference, attended by 160 Oahu high school students, was to discuss and resolve to support global economic environmental principles to reduce global warming. Groups of students acted as delegates from 12 countries including the USA, Japan, India, Russia, Poland, the Marshall Islands and others.

In a first exercise students learned about the opportunities of low, middle and upper class society as they were given a monthly budget and tasked to decide how to allocate spending for necessities and luxuries. This activity gave students an understanding of scarcity of limited resources.

Students then went on to country breakout sessions. Each country looked at its economic resources and its ability to limit pollution activities. Students learned both economic and political realities of their country. Their assignment was how to negotiate their countries’ position in the afternoon summit.

The afternoon Summit brought all 12 countries together to negotiate an accord to limit pollution. In the afternoon session it was interesting to see the students argue for or against the issues as representatives of the 12 countries. Interestingly, the Marshall Islands had the most at stake as global warming of just a few inches could render their nation under water.

The entire conference related to Macroeconomic and International economic issues studied in the course text. ECON 120 Students wrote and submitted summaries of their learning experiences.

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