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Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Committee Raises Over $43,000 for Hiroshima Relief

“Hawai‘i for Hiroshima,” a group of organizations with ties to Hiroshima Prefecture, has raised more than $43,521 in relief funds to aid the prefecture following the heavy rains that hit Hiroshima in early July,...
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii students perform to music by Hidekatsu (far right).

Community Focus – Hui Makaala Fashion Show Wows Audience

Chanterelle Couture, ‘Iolani and Ari South headlined Hui Makaala’s 49th annual Scholarship Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show on July 22 in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The three are all top-tier...
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“Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art”

WHO/WHAT: An exhibition of Okinawan ceramics, lacquer and textile works from the Honolulu Museum of Art’s extensive collection of Okinawan art. The exhibit includes rare works from the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), which played a...
Dr. Sen enjoys time with friends at the banquet on July 20. From left: Urasenke supporters Kishichiro and Hidemi Amae, Masako Ito, Lynne Waihee, Donna Tanoue, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Consul General Koichi Ito, Dr. Sen, Jean Ariyoshi, former Gov. John Waihee, Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and his wife Gailynn and Deputy Consul General of Japan Takayuki Shinozawa.

Community Focus – Dr. Genshitsu Sen Honors Gannenmono with Memorial Tea Ceremony

Urasenke grand tea master Dr. Genshitsu Sen honored the memory and contributions of the Gannenmono by performing a special kenchashiki tea ceremony at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on July 19. The hour-long ceremony opened...
Newly installed president Faye Shigemura with Hirotaka “Jack” Tsujihara (left) and Noboru Hayase, recipients of the UJSH’s Award for Contributions to the Japanese Community and Hawaii.

Community Focus – Faye Shigemura Installed as 2018-19 UJSH President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii installed its 2018-19 officers and directors on June 23 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The program began with the observance of a moment of silence in memory...
Gov. David Ige (far left) and outgoing HJCC chair Brian Nishida (far right) with the Nakamoto family. From left: Celeste and Larry Farinas, June Nakamoto, and Reece and Beau Farinas.

Community Focus – HJCC Inauguration & Generational Award Celebration

“Celebrating the Past, Honoring the Future” was the theme of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Inauguration and Generational Award Celebration, which was held July 18 in the Coral Ballroom on the...
Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s 2018-2019 officers (on stage) and directors.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates Gannenmono at Annual Meeting

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation held its annual general membership meeting and luncheon on July 29 at the Waialae Country Club. President Cathy Iwai said she enjoyed representing JWSF at so many events during the...
Attendees at Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai’s 95th anniversary celebration signed messages of hope and aloha to the people of Fukushima on a Fukushima Prefecture flag.

Community Focus – Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai celebrated its 95th anniversary with a festive gathering at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom. The June 3 event started with a briefing by Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki...
Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki presented made in Fukushima daruma (traditional Japanese doll symbolizing perseverance and good luck) to the three Hawai‘i Fukushima kenjinkai presidents (from left): Winston Towata of Hawaii-Shima Fukushima Kenjin Doshi Kai; Brian Moto of Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wallace Y. Watanabe of Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai.

Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Drive Launched to Aid Hiroshima Flooding Victims

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai has launched a public fundraising campaign to support victims of the recent torrential rains that devastated Hiroshima Prefecture. In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima and other western prefectures...
Student Suzanne Oda (left) with Sachie Saigusa-Sensei after being presented her Intermediate-level certificate.

Community Focus – Sumie Society Celebrates Conclusion of 16th Annual Exhibition

Sachie Saigusa-Sensei and her Sumie Society of Hawaii students marked the conclusion of their 16th annual exhibition of Japanese brush paintings at Honolulu Hale with an awards luncheon on April 27 at the Ala...

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