The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii recently recognized two 100-plus-year Hawai‘i island businesses as its 2017 Nikkei Kigyo Award honorees — Dodo Mortuary Inc., established in 1898; and The Seaside Restaurant, established in 1915. The sold-out recognition banquet was held May 17 at Nani Mau Gardens. Translated into English, “Nikkei Kigyo” means “enterprise of Japanese ancestry.”

“We are indeed privileged to recognize both companies,” said JCAH president Ivan Nakano, noting that Dodo Mortuary is now led by Mitchell Dodo, representing the fourth generation in the Dodo family. The Seaside Restaurant is led by Colin Nakagawa, representing the third generation in the Nakagawa family.

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