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Families open homes, hearts

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

The Aloha Initiative, a program started by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, welcomed the first group of Japanese citizens who arrived Monday at Honolulu Airport to spend time in the islands following the devastation of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Sabina Funasaki, left, and Kepler Funasaki greeted Konosuke Maeda and his mother, Maya, with lei. Below, the Maedas made their way to a reception.

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Mayumi Shinkawa, followed by her daughter, Aika, was overcome with emotion Monday upon arriving in Honolulu.

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The Maedas made their way to a reception.