Courtney Takara with HUOA’s 2018 sports program awardees for golf, bowling, volleyball and slow-pitch softball.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs Jocelyn Ige as President

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association recognized the 2018 “Uchinanchu of the Year” (highlighted in the Herald’s Feb. 15 edition) and installed its 2019 officers on Jan. 19 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. Students from Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts opened the program with a lively Shishimai dance. Among the 900 people in attendance were Gov. David....
Early Deigo Club members (from left) Robert Nakamoto, Kenyu Tokuda (who died recently) and Masa Nakama.

Community Focus – Deigo Club Celebrates “Year of the Rooster”

Deigo Club members enjoyed each other’s company at their annual shinnen enkai on April 2 at the Natsunoya Tea House. The program featured Okinawan and Japanese karaoke singing and dancing by member, live Okinawan music by Ryukyu Koten Afusoryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA, along with lots of door prizes. Tadashi Kinjo, who succeeded koto....

Blake Oshiro

Blake Oshiro has been named Director Of Counsel for the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm, practicing in the area of government relations. Oshiro, a former state representative from the ‘Aiea area, is...
The kenjinkai honored two new octogenarians — immediate past president Robert Nagao (left) and Kenneth Uwaine. Pictured with them (standing) are keiro committee chair Kenneth Saiki and HHKK president Wayne Miyao.

Community Focus – Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai held its annual membership meeting and shinnen enkai on March 10 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. Kenjinkai president Wayne Miyao presided over the general membership meeting. He said it was an honor and a privilege to serve as president and to continue the kenjinkai’s efforts....

Shigeedas Honored At Farewell Luncheon

More than 250 people packed the Manoa Grand Ballroom of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on July 1 for a luncheon to bid aloha to outgoing Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda and...
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JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala to Honor Six

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor five individuals and one organization at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on Saturday, June 22, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are Coach Gerald Oda and the 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Team; Lenn Sakata, the first player....

Community Focus – OGSH Celebrates Silver Anniversary

The Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii celebrated 25 years since its formation with a party at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Nov. 3. “Keishoo: Passing On to the Next Generation” was the theme of the celebration, which was dedicated to OGSH’s surviving charter members. Current president Rodney Kohagura reviewed some of OGSH’s accomplishments, including its....
Kazuo Yamane uses his bunk to study at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage, Minn. (Photos courtesy Yamane family)

Spotlight – “Proof of Loyalty” to screen at HIFF

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen C. Chinen Pamela Rotner Sakamoto came to understand the invaluable, but secret, work that soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service performed in World War II while writing her own book, “Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds,” about the family of MIS veteran Harry Fukuhara. So when....
The 2018 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Caroline Witherspoon. Standing from left are: emcees Keven Matsuura and Alexis Okihara; dorobo Tadanobu Rihei (George Takase), Nango Rikimaru (Guy Tanioka), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Richard Manungas), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Cynthia Yamasaki) and Nippon Daemon (Yasuhiko Ishikawa). Missing from photo: Meakashi Kingoro (Brandon Miyagi).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 73rd Gonin Otoko Play

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the “Year of the Dog” at its 73rd annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 5. The event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was attended by a sold-out audience of 300, including HJCC members, their families and friends. The highlight of the event was the “Shoko....
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To Learn More About the Gannenmono

June 5–Feb. 24, 2019: “Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i” exhibit. This exhibit features historic documents and illustrations, cultural objects and first-hand accounts of the Gannenmono. The exhibit also includes the genealogy of one Gannenmono whose family today spans eight generations and contains more than 800 names. Picture Gallery in Hawaiian Hall at....

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