HONOLULU (Feb. 4, 2013) — A memorial service is planned for February 9, 2013, the anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru, which occurred in an accident with the submarine USS Greeneville off O‘ahu.
The accident resulted in the loss of nine crewmembers, including four high school students. This year is the important Jusankaiki, or 13th anniversary, in the Buddhist tradition. A memorial service is scheduled at the Ehime Maru Memorial located at Kakaako Waterfront Park beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Thirteen Ehime officials, led by the Prefecture’s Vice Governor, and a number of bereaved family members and friends will attend. In attendance will be Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and nearly 100 other local officials and guests.
The Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA), which is associated with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, has maintained the memorial and has assisted with memorial services through the years. Local volunteers, including Japanese-American Kenjinkai groups and students from Saint Louis School continue to clean the memorial weekly. Ehime Prefecture Vice Governor Keiji Joko and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be speaking and are expected to point to the bonds of friendship between Hawaii and Ehime forged in the aftermath of this tragic event that are carried on today. The public is invited to attend.
Additional information on this event and background are available on the JASH website at www.jashawaii.org.