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Hiro Iwamoto: Through Storms and Stars: Hiro Iwamoto’s Inspiring Transpacific Adventure

July 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

In 1966, Hiro was born in Amakusa city’s Kumamoto prefecture. At the age of 13, he started loosing his
sight, becoming totally blind at the age of 16.He later heard a message from his uncle in the heaven.  “You became blind to encourage
people who are struggling and cannot find meaning in life. You, as a totally blind person exploring many
different things, can inspire these people.”
Hiro started looking at his blindness from a different perspective: not as a negative, but as a positive aspect
of life. He began trying an array of new activities including: the Special Athletes Sports Competition,
climbing Mt. Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan), studying abroad at San Francisco Sate University,
running a full marathon, and sailing (introduced to him by his wife).

Learn about his two attempts (one successful) to be the first blind person to sail across the Pacific.




July 20, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Liberty Station Conference Center
2600 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106 United States
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