2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
President Emeritus, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation
Mr. Edwin (Ed) Hawkins is President Emeritus of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Hawkins was also President of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association. JASH is the only organization in Hawaii dedicated to promoting the important relationship between U.S. and Japan through the special perspective of Hawaii. Born in Japan, Mr. Hawkins has spent a lifetime immersed in international affairs. A retired Air Force colonel, Mr. Hawkins was a career intelligence officer and Foreign Area Officer and served in Japan, Korea, Germany and Turkey. Following retirement, Mr. Hawkins supported U.S. Pacific Command as an operational planner and crisis management specialist. He became JASH President in July 2007. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Mr. Hawkins coordinated the effort to accept donations from the people of Hawaii to assist victims of the tragedy and started the Rainbow for Japan Kids project to bring disaster-affected children to Hawaii for rest, recuperation, and physical and psychological relief. Mr. Hawkins stepped down from JASH in September 2014. In spring 2015, he was presented with the Imperial Decoration, Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays by the Japanese Government. In August 2015, Mr. Hawkins helped organize and plan a memorial ceremony in Pearl Harbor to mark 70th years of peace since the end of World War II in the Pacific which included a fireworks tribute from Honolulu’s sister city in Japan, Nagaoka City. Mr. Hawkins is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S., East Asian Studies), Harvard University (M.A., East Asian Studies), and Japan National Institute for Defense Studies (senior military school), and is fluent in Japanese.