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Community Focus: Three New Advisors Join Nisei Veterans Legacy

Nisei Veterans Legacy (nvlchawaii.org/), which, since its start in 2012, has aimed to “preserve, perpetuate, and share the legacy of Americans of Japanese Ancestry (AJA) who served in the U.S. armed forces in World...
On Aug. 2, 2019, 88-year-old Hiroshima bombing survivor Lawrence Miwa, assisted by Izumo Taishakyo minister, the Rev. Jun Miyasaka, rings a replica of the Hiroshima Peace Bell. Behind him are the students from Hiroshima Minami High School.

Community Focus: CANCELLED Hiroshima Commemoration And Peace Service

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the tragic bombing of Hiroshima. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace service scheduled for Aug. 6 at Izumo Taishakyo Mission...
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Community Focus – JCCH Gift Shop Re-Opening Sale In July

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i is holding its first live event since the coronavirus pandemic forced Center leadership to close the doors of the once-busy Mo‘ili‘ili institution to the public on March 15. For all of July, JCCH will hold a comprehensive, “re-opening” Gift Shop sale of its entire stock, from 9 a.m. to....
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Community Focus – Go Back to School in the COVID-19 Economy

Older teens or young adults sitting around your house, twiddling their thumbs or video-gaming non-stop, under the stay-at-home order? Or have you long hoped to pursue higher education but had to put it off because of work? Now is the time to prepare for the future, to follow that educational dream. Except for the University....
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Community Focus – Bamboo Ridge at Home

Around since 1978, the premiere journal of the literatures of Hawaiʻi, Bamboo Ridge, has upgraded itself for the audiovisual-media-friendly era with “Bamboo Ridge at Home” (youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM9u0tLyADkCCmC92KnUZVz475_yvQe9X). The series of online videos show Hawaiʻi creative writers filmed in their living rooms while they explain the context for, then read excerpts from, their fictional stories, creative non-fiction,....
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Community Focus – Buy Local Via Food-A-Go-Go Farms

“Support local farmers!” is the current digital war cry of Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation executive director Denise Yamaguchi, the longtime non-profit leader, spouse of notable restauranteur Roy and one-time Daniel K. Inouye mentee. Yamaguchi’s HAF-sponsored Food-A-Go-Go website now sports a database of farms and fishing firms; beef, pork, dairy and egg producers; and healthy-food growers or....
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Community Focus – JASH Virtual Programs and Resources

During the coronavirus lockdown, the Japan- America Society of Hawai‘i staff — in lieu of hosting JASH’s many “face-to-face” events — curated a webpage of high-quality online resources for community members in quarantine who wish to home-school their tweens or teens about Japanese customs, or who simply seek spiritual relief from the stressful pandemic era....
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Community Focus – Takitanis Give $218,000 to College-Bound, High-School Students

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, named after the issei businessman from Yamaguchi and his wife – who met and wed on Maui then together co-founded Hawaiian Host chocolates in Kaimukī – donated funds to 59 college-bound students across Hawai‘i, for a total of $218,000 in scholarships. The latest wave of Takitani Foundation moneys, allocated....
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Community Focus – State Recovery Navigator Website Offers Resources for COVID-19

Hawaiʻi residents, companies, and contractors now have a free “one-stop shop” for local and national economic resources to help them survive COVID-19 — including employment, tax, finance and banking, health and other helpful information. This website, put together by the team of the state’s newly minted Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator, Alan Oshima,....
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Community Focus – HI State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Accepting Submissions for...

Experienced artists who can demonstrate a track record of exhibitions, installations, and/or commissions, especially those skilled at creating “three dimensional freestanding sculpture, two dimensional images translated into durable materials and large painted murals,” are invited by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to submit applications in response to the HSFCA’s Request for....

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