The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized four organizations and three individuals at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala dinner on June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Taiko master and previous “Sharing the Spirit” honoree Kenny Endo opened the event with an attention-catching taiko performance.

JCCH board chair Christine Kubota announced that this year’s event was a sell-out, with all 750 seats paid for and filled. Kubota, whose two-year term as JCCH board chair ended June 30, said she learned not just about JCCH’s many programs during her tenure, but also about what it takes to maintain the center’s facilities.

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