OBON EVENTS – 2022 BON DANCE SCHEDULE

For the past two years of COVID-19 uncertainty, Obon festivals were either canceled, virtual or of limited capacity, but this year marks the return of Obon season in Hawai‘i. At press time, the temples...

Music Culture – NOEL OKIMOTO’S RHYTHMIC ROOTS

Nick Kurosawa Zentoku Foundation (zentokufoundation.org) Republished with permission The genre of jazz is usually associated with places like New Orleans or New York where musicians are steeped in the roots of the genre, but the authenticity of jazz...
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JCCH FIRST MULTI-DAY VIRTUAL ‘OHANA FESTIVAL This year, The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i presented its first multi-day virtual New Year’s Ohana Festival which was hosted by Nolan Hong. It was held from Friday, Jan....

Art History – BEHIND THE ART OF MINÉ OKUBO

Sharon Yamato Republished with permission Discover Nikkei (Aug. 26, 2021) (discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2021/8/26/mine-okubo) How appropriate that on the 75th Anniversary of Miné Okubo’s pioneering graphic memoir, “Citizen 13660” (University of Washington Press, 2014), hailed for its groundbreaking account of the...
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KENNEDY THEATRE: “THE HUMAN PAVILION” In a gripping tale about Okinawan identity in a multi-ethnic Japan, Okinawan playwright Chinen Seishin’s “The Human Pavilion” will be streamed online from Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 5.  Kennedy...

HIFF 41 – FILM REVIEW: I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Kristen Nemoto Jay Commentary "I Was a Simple Man” is a film set in the pastoral countryside of the North Shore of O‘ahu and shares the highlights and low points of a life lived by a...

Art In The Community – ART AS A TIME CAPSULE

Lange and Okiishi Capture the Japanese American Experiences Through Images and Artwork Kristen Nemoto Jay Out on display now at University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa are two noted artists whose mission of sharing Japanese American experiences...
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Hawaii International Film Festival – A HYBRID HIFF 41 IS HERE!

Featuring Over 20 Japanese Films for 2021 Online and On-Screen HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND PASSES There are five types of HIFF 41 passes available for purchase now at www.hiff.org/hiff41-passes: Supporter Pass – $900 (general) or $800...

Music Culture – ALOHA GOT SOUL: THE FUNKY SIDE OF PARADISE

  Nick Kurosawa Commentary When the two words Hawai‘i and music come together, the images in your mind might look like a romantic cliché — the palm trees swaying, the hula dancer and her hips, the vowel-heavy...

In Our Community – POW! WOW! EXHIBIT AT BISHOP MUSEUM

Graffiti Art Makes History Kristen Nemoto Jay Editor’s note: This summer, Pow! Wow! — a nonprofit organization street art festival — celebrates 10 years of tagging, spraying, and creating contemporary artwork with an art exhibit at...

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