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GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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Disaster Preparedness Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Danny Tengan, United Church of Christ Hawaii Disaster Ministries coordinator, will conduct a free disaster preparedness workshop. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, June 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Manoa Valley Church, United Church of Christ (2728 Huapala...
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Book Signing: “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” By Helen Zia

WHO/WHAT: Helen Zia will talk about her new book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” which examines the mass exodus from China during the communist revolution and its impact on global politics today. The book...

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...
World-renowned pianists Jon Nakamatsu

14th Annual Aloha International Piano Festival

WHO/WHAT: World-renowned pianists Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Gold Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition and the only American to have achieved the distinction since 1981; Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Alfredo Minetti will...
Junior (Ku‘umakaonaona Bailon) and Bobo (Brandon Hagio) having fun playing marbles. (Courtesy Kumu Kahua Theatre)

“Da Beer Can Hat” – One More Show Added

WHO/WHAT: Another show is being added for “Da Beer Can Hat” after it sold out shows last weekend. Based on Darrell Lum’s original short story of Bobo, a mentally handicapped boy. Bobo’s abusive father...
Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Spotlight – Ariyoshi Inducted into the Aloha Order of Merit

Jodie Chiemi Ching Former Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit –– one of the state’s highest honors –– on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. In a press release from the Office of the Governor, it states, “The Aloha Order of Merit was established....
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JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala to Honor Six

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor five individuals and one organization at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on Saturday, June 22, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are Coach Gerald Oda and the 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Team; Lenn Sakata, the first player....
Terry Higa-Sensei holds his shihan (master teacher) certificate after Morikatsu Kishaba-Sensei (center) presented it to him during the performance. Pictured with them is Kimiko Shimabukuro-Sensei from Okinawa, who was Hawaii Taiko Kai’s first teacher when the group organized in 1987.

Community Focus – Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hawaii Performance

The 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Hozon Kai was celebrated in Hawai‘i on April 14 with an exciting and colorful taiko, music and dance performance in the Hawaii Okinawa Center’s Albert T. and Wallace T. Teruya Pavilion. Titled “Hawaii ni Hibiku Uchina De-ku (Echoes of Uchina De-ku in Hawaii),” the program featured performances....

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