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May 3, 2019 Columnists

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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting Applications for 2020 Cultural Grants

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2020 Cultural Grant program aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. Since 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations for projects that fulfill its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. The grants are awarded....
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“Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawaii” Screening

WHO/WHAT: AARP Hawai‘i will host a free screening of “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i,” produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the U.S....
Shirley Iida (left) presents third prize winner Laurie Ide of Pearl City with an Iida’s gift basket filled with precious Japanese goods.

Spotlight – “Guess the Cherry Blossom Queen” Prizes Awarded

Hawaii Hochi, Ltd.’s 36th annual “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Contest concluded this year with the presentation of the prizes to their respective winners. This year’s sponsors were:
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Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride, A Family Saga”

Michael G. Malaghan Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Chapter 152 The cough from the bedroom sent a shiver down Haru’s spine. Her husband’s latest bout of the flu had dragged on for weeks. Ignoring the sound of a car rumbling to a halt in front of the house, she stood up from her Singer sewing....
The 2019 “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i.” Seated from left are Earl Kawa‘a, Gertrude Tsutsumi, John Hara and Jimmy Yagi. Standing behind them are Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and its president, Pieper Toyama.

Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honors 44th “Living Treasure” Group

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii held its 44th annual Living Treasures of Hawai‘i program on Feb. 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The program recognizes individuals for their sustained contributions to enriching our society. Honored were former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo men’s basketball coach James “Jimmy” Yagi, architect and environmental design pioneer John....
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Community Focus – JCAH to Honor Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture

The East Hawai‘i-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will recognize two longtime businesses at its sixth annual Nikkei Kigyo banquet, set for Friday, May 10, at Nani Mau Gardens. Hirano Store, which was established 1918, and Yamada Furniture, founded in 1929, will be presented JCAH’s 2019 Nikkei Kigyo Award. “We’re proud to recognize both companies....
Iemoto Kimura-Sösho from Kyöto prepares the first cup of tea, which was offered to the spirit of Sen no Rikyu.

Community Focus – Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii Honors Founder Sen No Rikyu

Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii held a memorial tea ceremony in honor of its founder, tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591). The April 13 ceremony was held in the Seikoan Tea Room at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Iemoto (grandmaster) Kimura-Sösho, the 15th grandmaster in the Omotesenke Domonkai line, came especially from Kyöto to perform the....
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Travel Journal Workshop with Nikki Oka

WHO/WHAT: Start your own travel or pocket sketch journal with artist and solo traveler Nikki Oka. Her talk will cover assembling a mobile art/journaling kit, different types of journal page layouts and sketching based...
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Dear Frances – Picking up on the Signs

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, At a bookshop recently, the perfect book jumped out at me. “Buy me, buy me,” author Graeme Simsion whispered to me. “I’m the perfect follow-up to last month’s....

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