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Written By Gregory Fischbach

April 05, 2023
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  • HPU students visit Nara Park in Osaka

    HPU students visit Nara Park in Osaka.

  • HPU students visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo

    HPU students visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo.

  • HPU students under plum blossom trees in Tokyo

    HPU students under plum blossom trees in Tokyo.

Each year, American and Japanese students engage in a nine-day exchange program with the mission to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Program provides 100 students from America and 100 students from Japan the chance to promote a mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the United States. Just four universities in the U.S. were selected to partner with four universities in Japan to facilities the exchanges.

HPU students were selected to travel to Japan from March 4 to 12 to attend lectures on Japanese economy, politics, society, history, culture, and diplomatic relations. Students also had the chance to participate in school exchange programs, visit educational sites and institutions. 

The 17 HPU students are:

  • Adrian Stinardo, political science major
  • Amanda Krog, marine biology major
  • Cloë Parks, psychology major
  • Dominic Padre, psychology major
  • Alex Salami, marine biology major
  • Hunter Ferner, mass communications major
  • Kayla Noseworthy, marine biology major
  • Ann Sado-Elvenia, criminal justice major
  • Mikayla Kreeger, biology major
  • Ray Crichton, marine biology major
  • Reycajen Magbulos, international studies
  • Thabiso Mutumhe, diplomacy and military studies
  • Vivian Nguyen, public health major (master's, bachelor's)
  • Ness Morrison, oceanography
  • Frank Blas, history
  • Ernesto Arizala, electrical engineering
  • Janelle Mateo, international studies


HPU students have prepared presentations on what they experienced and gained from the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Japan on a cultural exchange program. All HPU students, faculty, staff are invited to attend the special presentations. There will be seven presentations (three students presenting solo and the remaining students presenting in groups). 

Kakehashi Program Presentations

Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multipurpose Room 3 

For questions on the exchange program and/or the final presentations please contact HPU Area Coordinator Max Malmud at

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