The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir performs “Sakura” while their director, Professor Hirotaka Arai, sings the song.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Visit Hawaii

Students from Hakuoh University’s Handbell Choir made their 27th goodwill visit to Hawai‘i to share their music. The choir was founded 30 years ago, in 1988, by Professor Hirotaka Arai, who continues to direct...
The 2018 MIS Veterans Club officers and directors, from left: immediate past president George Arine; president Lawrence Enomoto; vice president Glen Arakaki; secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa; treasurer Sherman Takao; and directors Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro, Annie Inouye, Dr. Shinye Gima, Gregg Hirata and Mark Matsunaga.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2018 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club installed its 2018 officers and directors at the club’s annual shinnen enkai on Feb. 25 at the Natsunoya Tea House. The club is made up veterans who served in the...
Photo of Hawaii Hochi President, Hawaii Hochi, and Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Melanie Carrie, drawing the contest winners for 'Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.'

Community Focus – Winners of the “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen”

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrié visited the Hawaii Hochi offices on March 28 and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, assisted by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd....
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival Court, from left: Miss Congeniality Karly Kanehiro, Princess Kylie Hisatake, Princess Kaydi Hashima, Queen Melanie Carrié, First Princess Mika Nakashige, Princess Chelsea Briggs and Miss Popularity Sheby Meador. (Hawaii Hochi photos by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrie

66th CBF Queen Brings an International Perspective to Her New Role Gwen Battad Ishikawa Melanie Camille Michiko Carrié, the newly crowned Cherry Blossom Festival queen, has lived in places others have only dreamed of — and...
Descendants of Kama and Yukichi Shiroma, founders of the Shiroma Saimin Stand that once served bowls of hot saimin from Oahu Sugar Plantation’s Higashi Camp in Waipahu, attended a rededication of the outdoor saimin stand exhibit at Hawaii’s Plantation Village.

Shiroma Saimin Stand Honors Memory of Hardworking Founders

Visitors to the March 3 “Noodles and Bread” event at Hawaii’s Plantation Village on the grounds of the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park could choose from a variety of ethnic foods representing the diverse cultures...
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East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Offers 2018-19 Scholarships

The Big Island’s East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of any East Hawai‘i public or private high school who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college...
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Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association Offering 2018-19 Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the 2018-19 academic...
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2017 “Uchinanchu of the Year” honorees on the stage of the Hawaii Okinawa Center.

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The Hawaii United Okinawa Association recognized 45 “Uchinanchu of the Year” at its annual ”Uchinanchu of the Year”/installation banquet at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Jan. 20. The 2017 “Uchinanchu of the Year” were...
From left: Misako Ito, Consul General Koichi Ito, Imperial Decoration recipient Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dean Jerris Hedges and former University of Hawai‘i president Dr. Fujio Matsuda.

Community Focus – Dr. Satoru Izutsu Awarded Imperial Decoration

Dr. Satoru Izutsu, recently retired vice dean and director of admissions for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, The Order of the...
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu executive board take their oath of office: Front row, from left: Sharon Shimabukuro, Roberta Umeno, Bonnie Miyashiro, Sara Nakatsu, Derek Fujio, Jane Kaneshiro and Yoneko Yamashiro Edmonson. Back row, from left: Kazumi Iho, Grace Carmichael, Diane Kawamoto, Kathy Shigemura, Sadayo Tamaki and Sato Shankles.

Community Focus – Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Installs New Officers

Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu installed its new officers at a dinner banquet on Jan. 28 at the Pagoda Restaurant. The Koyo Kai is made up of six Okinawan koto schools on O‘ahu. The...

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