People waited for their New Year blessings at Hawaii Kotohira Kinsha - Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu. (Courtesy photo)

Hatsumode 2019 – Blessings for the New Year | Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii...

Dec. 31, 11 p.m.; Year-end purification ritual; Jan. 1: midnight-5 p.m. Both O-toso sake and kagami biraki sake will be served. Omamori available for purchase. Complimentary toshikoshi soba, symbolizing long life, will be served at...
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Gov. John Waihee to Speak at NVMC

WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s Leadership Series will feature a talk by former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihee, who will speak on leadership and the values of aloha that continue to be relevant in...
Photo of City Councilmember Ernie Martin at the 2014 “Sakura Safari – Hana Mi.” (Photo courtesy Ernie Martin)

Cherry Blossom Cultural Events in Wahiawa

WHO/WHAT: The Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Association presents two events to celebrate the cherry blossom season. Friends and family can enjoy refreshments and local talent in Japanese entertainment on Jan. 28, and a 90-minute trolley...

Mokuhanga: Japanese Woodblock Printing From Ukiyo-E to Abstract

WHO/WHAT: As part of the Hawaii Japanese Center’s special Japan Foundation exhibition, “Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques,” painter/printmaker Glenn Yamanoha will present an overview of woodblock printmaking, its history and development, and its influences...
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Bonsai Exhibition and Plant Fair

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Bonsai Association members will share information on the art of bonsai. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to raise and care for their bonsai plants by talking with experts and...
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63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Events

The 13 Cherry Blossom Festival contestants were introduced at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s ‘Ohana Festival on Jan. 11. For more information, visit cbfhawaii.com. The following is a list of upcoming festival events. Jan....

Ninth Annual UH Kids First! Film Festival

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i Outreach Office presents its 2015 summer film program. The award-winning UH Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival gives young people the excitement and thrill of attending a film festival just...
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Spotlight – HUOA Honors Five With “Legacy Award”

SPOTLIGHT By Karleen C. Chinen Karleen C. Chinen The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented five individuals with its “Legacy Award” on Dec. 4 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Over 400 people attended the event, which featured a silent auction as well as special entertainment honoring the five honorees. HUOA president Tom Yamamoto described....

Shinto Shrines of Hawaii Tour

WHO/WHAT: For many in Hawai‘i, the New Year begins with a visit to a Shinto shrine to receive blessings, purchase of protective amulets (omamori) and wooden votive tablets (ema). Join professors George and Willa Tanabe...

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