JCCH Resource Center Gets A Facelift And A New Name: Tokioka Heritage Resource Center

With teru-teru bozu hanging from the branches of trees in the courtyard, hoping to fend off a threatening downpour, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i blessed and rededicated its resource center as the Tokioka...
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....
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....
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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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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veteran Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and....
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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 year. The applicant must be a senior at any Hawai‘i Island public or private high school.

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 of deceased members, particularly longtime UJSH members Roy Tominaga, who served as 2007-08 president, and Joseph Muratsuchi. Onoe Kikunobukazu (Howard....

Hawaii Fujioka Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

The Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai held its annual general meeting and shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Feb. 8. Highlights included the installation of president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagao and...
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 with sutra chanting by Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and the Rev. Toyokazu Hagio, rimban....

“Name The Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Contest Winners

On March 31, Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Alexis Okihara drew the winners of the 33rd “Name the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, sponsored by The Hawai‘i Herald and Hawaii Hochi. Elaine Higaki of Mänoa was...

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