Children playing taiko drums at a New Year's Ohana Festival

New Year’s Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the “Year of the Rat” with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year’s traditions. Enjoy delicious food and a...
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“Kona Winds” Book Launch

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge Press presents a book launch of  “Kona Winds,” the debut novel by Japanese American author Scott Kikkawa. This noir murder mystery is set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai‘i was evolving...
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Community Mochi-Tsuki & More

WHO/WHAT: The Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii presents its Community Mochi-tsuki (mochi-pounding) event. Cultural activities for the whole family include: mochi-making, origami, cooking demos, kokedama (decorative moss balls) making and sumi-e (brush art). WHEN/WHERE: Sunday,...
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Hatsumode 2020 – Blessings for the New Year

DAIJINGU TEMPLE OF HAWAII (61 Pu‘iwa Rd. in Nu‘uanu) Dec. 31, 10 p.m.: Ooharai (great purification ritual); Dec. 31, 11 p.m.: Jyoya Sai (Year-end blessing); Jan. 1, midnight-4 p.m.: New Year’s blessings: Jan. 1, 2...
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Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha

Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu (1239 Olomea St. in the Kalihi-Palama area), 841-4755 Dec. 31, 11 p.m.: Year-end purification ritual; Jan. 1, midnight-4 p.m.: New Year’s blessings Both O-toso and kagami biraki sake will be served. Omamori available...
Entrance of Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii for this year's New Year's blessings

Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii

215 N. Kukui St. in the ‘A‘ala area, 538-7778 Jan. 1, midnight-5 p.m.: New Year’s blessings. Both blessed sake and candies will be served. Omamori and ofuda (amulet) available for purchase. FREE parking available at HawaiiUSA...
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BODHI Day Service

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Buddhist Council will celebrate the attainment of perfect awakening by Shakyamuni Buddha some 2,500 years ago. Guest speaker Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer will present a talk entitled, “Ho‘oulu: This Time of...
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JASH: Tomodachi Holiday Tea

WHO/WHAT: The Japan-America Society of Hawaii hosts its annual “Tomodachi Holiday Tea” — casual teatime with light sandwiches, pastries and fellowship. This year’s entertainment will be a vocal performance by Jun Ariake, a retired...
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JCCH: Winter Craft Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will hold its annual winter craft fair featuring handmade or vintage gifts for the holidays made by vendors from around the island. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9...
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A Washington Place Christmas

WHO/WHAT: Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with the Washington Place Foundation, are inviting the public to a special Christmas Open House. Christmas trees and holiday decorations will be on view...

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