Aloha everyone! My name is Shay Fukayama, 2012 Miss Asia Hawaii. I want to begin by saying thank you to everyone that came out on a Thursday afternoon at 4:15pm to show their support. Most people have work and busy lives, yet they made time to stop by Hard Rock Cafe. Without your support, I would not be the title holder I am today.

Currently I am a doctoral student at University of Hawaii at Manoa, pursuing my degree in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction. I hope to graduate soon to embark on my journey where my education and background will take me. Until then my days consist of being at the computer, working on my dissertation.

Based on my research, I’ve started a service project where I teach children of Japanese ancestry, Japanese. It might seem silly, but it is becoming more common to see people with a Japanese last name, not able to speak a single Japanese word. This must be put to and end. I hope through my service project, I am able to help children learn the Japanese language and culture. I also hope to show parents how they can support their child learning two language simultaneously.

As for my personal life, I’m currently doing a 28-Day cleanse. Basically, no meat, no seafood, no dairy, no eggs, and no oil…for 28 days. It’s the new year, and a new beginning, so I thought I’d flush my system out as well. Don’t worry, when the 28-Days are done, I’ll go back to eating yummy foods and desserts.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you next time.