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An inspired T-shirt builds a bridge across the sea

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COURTESY BJ SABATE
One of the fundraising T-shirts is shown on March 11, 2011.
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COURTESY BJ SABATE AND NAKAHAMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Nakahama Elementary School students, wearing 183 “Aloha” T-shirts donated by the Aloha for Japan effort in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami, posed in May for a “mahalo” group shot. Many of these kids lost their homes and their ohanas — in fact, they needed these clothes more than money — and survived largely because they scrambled to the school’s top floor instead of evacuating when disaster hit, said BJ?Sabate, an Aloha for Japan leader.