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Community Focus – East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai: Call for 2019-2020 Scholarship Applicants

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is currently accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to begin their post high school education this fall. The application deadline is Saturday, April 6 (applications must be postmarked by April 6).
The 2019 officers and directors: (seated) directors Herbert Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Oshiro; (standing, from left): directors Mark Matsunaga, Keith Matsumoto, Gregg Hirata, vice president Shinye Gima, director Annie Inouye, treasurer Sherman Takao, secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa, president Lawrence Enomoto and installing officer Wallace Hirai. (Photo by Karen Matsunaga)

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2019 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club held its annual New Year’s gathering and installation at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 27. The organization is made up of World War II veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in combat and intelligence roles in the Asia-Pacific theater and their descendants. The MIS soldiers contributed much to the....
Servco Foundation presents a check for $200,000 to Aloha United Way to launch the Hawaii Social Impact Project. From left: Rick Ching, Servco president/COO; Elizabeth McFarlane, AUW vice president for community impact; Norm Baker, AUW COO; and Mark Fukunaga, Servco chairman and CEO. (Photo courtesy Servco Pacific Inc.)

Spotlight – Servco and Aloha United Way Launch Hawaii Social Impact Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching In celebration of their centennial anniversaries, Aloha United Way and Servco Pacific Inc. are teaming up to honor their legacies of service to the community with a collaborative initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of Hawai‘i’s systemic and persistent social welfare issues. The initiative is titled the Hawaii Social Impact Project.....
The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored the 2018 Imperial Decoration recipients (from left) Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Gov. David Ige, recipient Gary K. Kajiwara, recipient Kenneth H. DeHoff Jr., recipient Stewart W. Holbrook, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and UJSH president Faye Shigemura. Bishop Ryokan Ara was unable to attend the program due to illness.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Rings in “Year of the Boar”

Members and supporters of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii welcomed the “Year of the Boar” at the organization’s 60th annual shinnen enkai on Jan. 12 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. After observing a moment of silence in memory of deceased UJSH members, Onoe Kikunobukazu (Howard Asao) and Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) performed....
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Community Focus – East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Shinnen Enkai Meetings Set for Feb....

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai will celebrate the arrival of the “Year of the Boar” at its annual luncheon meeting on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. A short business meeting conducted by Kenjin Kai president Jon Arizumi will begin at 10:30 a.m. At that time, the Beiju celebrants....
Presenting the Hawaii United Okinawa Association's 2018 'Uchinanchu of the Year' honorees.

Community Focus – HUOA Honors “Uchinanchu of the Year”

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association recognized 42 “Uchinanchu of the Year” representing 32 HUOA member-clubs at its annual ”Uchinanchu of the Year”/Installation Banquet at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Jan. 19. The 2018 “Uchinanchu of the Year” were recognized for their service to their respective clubs, the HUOA and the larger Hawai‘i community. The honorees....
Hatsudate shiki guests (from left) included Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Misako Ito, Reyna Kaneko, Sean O’Harrow and Dr. Robert Huey.

Spotlight – Chado Uransenke Tankokai Hawaii Welcomes 2019 with Hatsudate Shiki

Chadö Urasenke Tankökai Hawaii Association hosted a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, on Jan. 20 in the Seiköan Tearoom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Special guests included Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and his wife Misako; former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean; Dr.....
Jubilant Ginoza Sonjin Kai members and their “cousins” from Ginoza Son take a big “family” photo.

Community Focus – Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Members of the Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai celebrated the 70th anniversary of their club’s formation in 1948 by reconnecting with their Ginoza “cousins” in Okinawa at two events last November — a music and dance performance at the Hawaii Okinawa Center and a festive party at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Nov. 29....
The 2019 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Chef Alan Wong. Standing from left are: Meakashi Kingoro (Kevin Ching), and dorobo Nango Rikimaru (Kristin Alm Kamakahi), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Daisuke “Duke” Ueda), Tadanobu Rihei (Ray Tsuchiyama), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Jennifer Okubo) and Nippon Daemon (Ala Kinuhata).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 74th Gonin Otoko Play

Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce members and their guests rang in the “Year of the Boar (or Pig, if you prefer)” at the chamber’s 74th annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 4 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The event was attended by some 300 people, including HJCC members, their families and friends.....
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Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Buddhist Women Association Set Shinnen Kai

Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association will hold its shinnen enkai luncheon and general membership meeting on Sunday, Feb. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Sangha Hall. The 2019-2020 officers will be installed during the program. They are: Carole Tsutsumi, president, succeeding Karen Maedo; Deborah Fried, vice president; Bessie Kubo, recording secretary; Sue....

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