“Celebrating the Past, Honoring the Future” was the theme of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Inauguration and Generational Award Celebration, which was held July 18 in the Coral Ballroom on the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Large banners at the event declared the chamber’s mission: “Foster friendships, Connect B2B (business to business) and Mälama ka‘äina (protect the land).”

Each speaker shared his or her own immigrant story, crediting their ancestors who bravely ventured from faraway lands. The Gannenmono were also honored for the seeds they planted in their new home.

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