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The 2020 Kenjin Kai Young Achiever honorees (from left): Heather Omori, Central Oahu Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; David Shinsato, Hawaii United Okinawa Association; Mamina Tahara, Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai; and Zackery Harris, Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai with UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba (standing, far left) and UJSH president, Rev. Akihiro Okada (standing, far right). Standing behind the Young Achievers are their respective kenjinkai presidents: (from left: Clyde Matsumoto, Lynn Miyahira, Keith Sakuda and Sadie Watanabe.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Welcomes “Year of the Rat!”

United Japanese Society of Hawaii members and supporters welcomed the “Year of the Rat” at the organization’s shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Jan. 11. A moment of silence was observed to remember and honor UJSH members who have passed on. Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) from the Kikunobu Dance....
Barry Taniguchi and John Masuhara

Big Island Community Focus – Hilo High School Foundation to Honor Taniguchi and Masuhara

The Hilo High School Foundation will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards to Barry Taniguchi and John Masuhara, posthumously, at the foundation’s 10th annual Recognition Dinner. The dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall.
Flyer for Honolulu Chamber Music Series featuring 'Riley Lee & The Enigma Quartet'

Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet

WHO/WHAT: As part of the University of Hawai‘i Honolulu Chamber Music series, Riley Lee — world-renowned shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) master — and the Sydney-based Enigma Quartet present the premier of “Five Elements.” It is...
The 2020 cast and producers of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo played by Neal Yokota. Standing behind the Kojyo, from left to right producers Ronald Ushijima and Rika Hirata, Meakashi Kingoro (Kurt Murao), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Ina Chang), Tadanobu Rihei (Kristine Wada), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Jill Kuramoto), Nippon Daemon (Brian Kealoha), and producers Robert Nagao and Gregg Mueller. Standing in back, Nango Rikimaru (Jacce Mikulanec).

“Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” Play Highlights 2020 HJCC Shinnen Enkai

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Year of the Rat with its 75th annual shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet) on Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Waikiki. About 400 HJCC members and their family and friends attended the event. The shinnen enkai is always well attended, with people enjoying fellowship and the introduction of....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
The MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual shinnen enkai luncheon on Jan. 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. Highlights included a keynote speech by Nisei Veterans Legacy president Lynn Heirakuji (front) and the installation of the 2020 officers. The officers installed were (left to right) Keith Matsumoto, director; Karen Kikukawa, secretary; Sherman Takao, treasurer; Larry Enomoto, past president and director; Shinye Gima, president; Glen Arakaki, director; and Herbert Matsumoto, director.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans of Hawaii Installs its 2020 Officers

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The Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2019 “Uchinanchu of the Year.”

Herald Salutes

Hui O Laulima recently awarded cultural grants totaling $10,000 to 10 organizations and individuals for projects aimed at promoting and perpetuating Okinawan culture. Hui O Laulima is a nonprofit women’s organization and an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. The grants were awarded to:
Photo of Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurosaki Kubota

Culture4Kids!

CULTURE 4KIDS! BY CAROLYN KUBOTA MORINISHI AND MARIAN KURASAKI KUBOTA To learn how you can create this issue’s craft or featured activity, please click below to subscribe to our online subscription or complete and submit a form here to subscribe to our print edition.
After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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