Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
Hiroko Matayoshi working on a hanaui project. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake VISITING YOMITAN HANAUI Location: Takashiho, Yomitan; July 16, 2018 This morning, fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyou-kai member Masaji Matsuda asked if I could come over to Yomitan Hanaui’s Namihira studio, which, actually, is located in Takashiho. He wanted to introduce me to some ladies who weave traditional Okinawan textiles. Yomitan Hanaui’s main....
“. . . I’m interested in preserving memorabilia, preserving the past . . .” says Colin Yamamoto standing beside one of the glass cases containing various antiques and memorabilia.

Preserving Maui’s Yesteryears

For Colin Yamamoto, They are All Historical Treasures Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A seat belt from Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a car speaker from the old Kahului Drive-In, plantation kaukau tins, handmade potato peelers and vegetable graters from the 1930s and ’40s. These pieces from Maui’s past are just a fraction of....
Ai Iwane working with the Kodak Cirkut camera in Fukushima. (Photo by Haruo Imazumi)

The Arts – Fukushima …. Hawaii

Japanese Photographer Connects Fukushima with Hawai‘i Through Her Love of Bon Dance Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From now through Aug. 17, Japanese photographer Ai Iwane’s photo exhibits — “Island in My Mind, Fukushima” and “Fukushima Ondo” — are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. The....
“The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” continues through April 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. (Photos courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Arts Review – “The Disasters of Peace”

Social Discontent Highlighted in Manga Works of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This is not your American-style funnies; that’s for sure. The Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition, “The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” features the manga (Japanese comic....
2018 Nengajo by Anne Ruedo, Waipahu High School — second place, artistic, high school.

Nengajo – 2018,Year of the Dog

The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of....
Kati Kuroda (far right) with the cast of playwright Lee Cataluna’s “Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight,” which Kumu Kahua Theatre staged last summer. (Photo by Denise De Guzman)

The Arts – Kati Kuroda’s Real Life Stage

Acting is Her Passion — Onstage and Off Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the 1970s and ’80s there erupted a remarkable celebration of local culture and identity whose echoes are still being felt today. Some called it the “Hawaiian Renaissance,” but it went beyond any easy label and overflowed its boundaries constantly....
Allison Yanagi-Sensei (right) plays sanshin while her student Yukiko Pierce practices kücho during a recent lesson. (Photos courtesy Allison Yanagi)

Culture – “Aloha Den-On” To Debut New Ryukyuan Music School

Nomura Ryü Dentö Ongaku Kyökai Okinawa to Join Hawai‘i Concert Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to the Hawai‘i Herald More than 20 years ago, Bokuzen Kaneshiro presented his precious sanshin to his yonsei granddaughter, Allison Ya- nagi. It marked the beginning of her lifelong commitment to Okinawan performing arts. Today, Allison Yanagi — now Allison Yanagi-Sensei....
Photo of Romi Beppu at the entrance to her new studio.

The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank of “principal dancer,” and she had toured the U.S. mainland, Europe and Japan with major international ballet companies.....
Photo of a floral wedding arch by Asa Ige. (Courtesy hawaiiweddinglove.com)

Arty Business – Asa Ige Says it with Flowers

Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Maui boy Asa Ige has taken his love for art and a fondness for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and developed a successful flower design business on his home island. In the process, he has met such notable figures such as television personality Oprah Winfrey, His....

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