The Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to professional community volunteer, Kiku Hayashi at its Diamond Jubilee celebration on Sept. 18. Born in a Japanese internment camp, Hayashi’s life’s work has led her to the outreach and empowerment of underserved communities. Hayashi holds leadership positions in various organizations including the Japanese American Citizens League and the Food Bank at St. Mary’s. She was also a long-time member of the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Women of Color luncheon.
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Bruce B says
My mom worked with Kiku at Boeing for many years. When Mom was experiencing some serious health issues four years ago, Kiku sent a card that spoke so well of what Mom had done that led to opening doors for women in what was a male-dominated culture, I’ve kept it. What a classy lady. I had no idea that Kiku (who I’ve never met personally) was born in an internment camp, so she’s done more than her share of overcoming a start in life during one of America’s darkest moments.
Two thumbs up!