Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon) at this year’s Hawaii United Okinawa Association Okinawan Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Front row: Hayli, Adele and Kelsi; Middle row: Allison Yanagi and Aren Pai; Back row: Kathy Oshiro, Dennis Nishiguchi, Terry Higa of Hawaii Taiko Kai, Richie Yamashiroya, Lynn Miyashiro Masuda of Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii and Sara Nakatsu of Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai.

Community Focus – Nov. 24: “Uchinamun Family Variety Show”

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Hawai‘i chapters of Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon), a school of classical Ryukyu music, will present their first concert entitled, “Uchinamun Family Variety Show,” at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipahu. The performance will highlight the Hawai‘i members of....
Misoyaki butterfish with clams and shrimp.

Ryan’s Table – A (Somewhat) Secret Sushi Bar at 22Kailua

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai’i Herald Columnist There is a wonderful anomaly hidden within the 22Kailua coffee shop at 22 Oneawa St. Enter the shop, walk all the way to the back, and you’ll find owner and chef, Taka Kijima, preparing omakase meals in an intimate six-seat restaurant called “Hana-re” (like Hanalei, but it means “separate place”....
Photo of KTA Chairman and CEO, Barry Taniguchi

Remembrance – Aloha ‘Oe, Barry Taniguchi

Karleen Chinen Commentary I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat another hotel banquet salad without remembering fondly the happy face of KTA Super Stores chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi enjoying his dinner salad . . . with a pair of hashi (chopsticks), instead of a fork. That is an image I will not....
The 2019 Dîner en Blanc was held at the Bishop Museum on the Great Lawn. It was a spectacular sight of attendees all elegantly dressed in white. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Dîner En Blance, Wonderfully White and Wet

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Dîner en Blanc is known as the massive “chic picnic” where hundreds (or sometimes thousands) of guests dress elegantly in all white. It’s a sight to see for passersby. In 1988, Francois Pasquier got friends together and started this amusing tradition. There are a lot of rules to pulling off....
UM-Flint Wyatt Exploration Program students gather for a group photo with the Hanaui Weaving Museum staff members, who helped them weave their keepsake Yuntanza hanaui coasters. Program leader Dr. Roy Hanashiro is pictured standing, far right, and museum director Setsuko Ikehara is pictured kneeling, third from left.

My Hawaii – University of Michigan-Flint Students Explore Okinawa

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist In March of last year, I was pleasantly surprised to receive some correspondence from Dr. Roy Hanashiro, a professor of East Asia and Japan history at the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Hanashiro, who was born, raised and educated in Hawai‘i, said he subscribes to The Hawai‘i Herald and has been....
A visual comparison of table rice and milled rice for ginjo and daiginjo grade sake.

Ryan’s Table – For Sake’s Sake

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist My earliest exposure to sake was memorable though not very pleasurable. You see, the Tatsumoto clan always hosted a New Year’s Eve party for my mom’s co-workers from Kahalu‘u Elementary School, Dad’s University of Hawai‘i football tailgate crew and other friends and family.
And . . . taran! Look closely, the cooked taroimo (taro) leaves can be seen in the lower right hand corner

My Hawaii – Wow, Laulau!

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake GINOZA-SON — I now live more than 4,800 miles away from my....
Members of the Oahu AJA League championship team, Waipahu, gather for a group photo (from left): Landen Taga, Chevas Numata, Zach Kometani, Nelson Inabata, Moku Paiva, Blane Muraoka, Hunter Hirayama, Revan Wong, Ricky Tahara, Kaipo Paiva, David Torigoe and Shaun Kiriu with his son Cooper.

Community Focus – Oahu AJA Baseball League Holds Awards Banquet

“Remembrance, Honor & Celebration” was the theme of the Oahu AJA Baseball League’s annual awards banquet on April 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. The event also celebrated the league’s victory in the 84th Annual Hawaii State AJA Baseball Championship Tournament, which was played at the Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo on April 6 to 7.....

Natto Time: Talk Story and Demo

WHO/WHAT: Musician, educator and “natto demonstrator” Eien Hunter-Ishikawa will talk about natto (fermented beans), which is regarded as a “superfood” in Japan. Natto is known for its many health benefits including cardiovascular health, brain...
Yoshiaki “Aki” Sewake and his mom, Keiko at the entrance of Yomitan High School. Like in Hawai‘i, it is customary for graduates in Okinawa to receive lei and gifts.

My Hawaii – Graduation Yomitan Style

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist The tradition of proudly receiving your diploma in a cap and gown to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” is pretty much a given at any high school or college graduation ceremony in the United States.  It was no different in the ’80s when I attended Leilehua High School in....

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