Sisters Keiko (right) and Yasuko get ready to devour their soba. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Connecting Through Food

TAKAYESU SOBA LOCATION: Urasoe, January 2017 Keiko’s older sister Yasuko is married to a rice farmer and they live in Hokkaidö, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. She flies home to Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, every January to visit the family. During Yasuko’s visit earlier this year, we picked her up from Naha Airport....
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“War, Languages, and Un/Intended Consequences: From Diderot to After World War II”

WHO/WHAT: Japan Studies librarian Tokiko Bazzell will speak on these topics relating to war in this second installment of “Treasures at UH Hamilton Library,” an educational initiative aimed at showcasing Hamilton Library’s special collections,...
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Estate Planning Insights – Is Medicaid Going Away?

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura There have been many political changes in the federal government over the past year. With a Republican president in office and a Republican majority in the Congress, some people are concerned about possibly losing the expanded health care benefits that were provided for in the Affordable Care Act,....
Bishop Daiya Amano (right) of the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii purified and blessed the Hiroshima Peace Bell and those in attendance at the annual commemoration and peace service.

Izumo Taishakyo Hosts Annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Service

The 28th annual Hiroshima peace ceremony to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima was held on Aug. 7 at the peace bell fronting Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. The bell is a replica of the one in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. It was presented to the City and County of Honolulu by....
Group photo of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2016-2017 Kenjin Kai Outstanding Members honorees.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed....
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8•0•8

8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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Community Focus – Japanese Language Taught at UH-Manoa Outreach College

The UH Mänoa Outreach College is offering classes in Japanese language for three levels of learning: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The classes (10 classes per season) are held three times a year (spring/summer/fall). Classes will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Each session is split into two parts, consisting of grammar, reading....

Home Sweet Home: Hawaii Okinawa Center At 25

Karleen C. Chinen They stand unique in Hawai‘i’s landscape — the turtle-shaped Albert T. and Wallace T. Teruya Pavilion, and the Yeiko and Kameko Higa Building — the two buildings of the Hawaii Okinawa Center,...
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Spotlight – Heather Omori Chosen as the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

SPOTLIGHT BY Gwen Battad Ishikawa Gwen Battad Ishikawa Kansha (gratitude) and Kokoro (heart) were the themes, respectively, of the 64th and 65th Cherry Blossom festivals, sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. Heather Kiyomi Omori, who was chosen queen of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 18 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel,....

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