is a Charity Project. The purpose of the project is to invite kids affected by the 2011 East Japan Great Earthquake to Hawaii. The idea is to give the kids hope by letting them explore the beautiful islands of Hawaii and the luscious nature on display and get a chance to experience the local culture, and of course have fun at the same time. The most recent trip was from December 23rd to December 31st. The group was made up of 12 kids. This was the fifth trip since the Rainbow for Japan Kids project started.
On December 30th, Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association in collaboration with the Nadeshiko Club hosted a farewell party at Tendai Hawaii Temple. Lawson Station staff were on hand to provide a delicious Japanese style lunch including Onigiris, fruits, green tea, etc. The day before the lunch at Tendai Hawaii temple, the kids had just arrived back from Hawaii island but they showed no signs of tiredness at all. They were full of energy and happily spoke to Lawson Station’s staff and enjoyed their Japanese lunch very much. Lawson Station’s staff commented that the kids also gave them hope too and made them smile very much.
After their lunch, they participated in a Buddhist Zen meditation session. Lawson Station's staff also happily participated along side the kids. The normally energetic kids listened to the priest intently.
The Rainbow for Japan Kids project is supported by over 100 companies, organizations and volunteers in Japan, Hawaii, and overseas. The project will continue and the next visit will be in March this year. Lawson Station is happy and proud to support the kids and give them a brighter future as part of the Rainbow for Japan Kids project.