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 choir. The choir has the capacity to ring seven octaves of handbells and has a wide-ranging repertoire of music. Hakuoh....
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The Hawai‘i Medical Service Association recently appointed Dr. Mark M. Mugiishi as its new president and chief executive officer. Mugiishi had been serving as interim president/CEO and chief health officer since last August. His appointment was effective Feb. 1. Dr. Mugiishi has been a general surgeon in Hawai‘i for nearly 30 years and also served....
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Community Focus – The Show Aloha Challenge

The City and County of Honolulu has partnered with local restaurants, businesses and nonprofit organizations to carry out the “Show Aloha Challenge” initiative. It is a collaboration to deliver thousands of meals to küpuna for free. During Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s “stay-at-home” order, many homebound seniors will need more support with home meal deliveries. If they....
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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, causing widespread flooding and landslides. The rains damaged homes and businesses and claimed the lives of 108 residents and injured 17....
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Community Focus – Five Honored with the HUOA “Legacy Award”

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its “Legacy Award” to five individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Okinawan community. The luncheon program was held Nov. 12 in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Honored were: Gov. David Ige, Hawai‘i’s first governor of Okinawan ancestry; Military Intelligence Service veterans Shinye Gima....
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 Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan. Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito made the presentation....
The Kenjin Kai Outstanding Member Award honorees in a group photo with several of the invited guests, including Gov. David Ige and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, and UJSH leaders.

Community Focus – Rev. Akihiro Okada Installed as 2019-20 UJSH President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its 61st annual installation and recognition program at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on June 22. The packed program included recognition of outstanding kenjinkai members and other awards presentations, installation of the 2019-2020 officers and a full program of lively entertainment. Over the years, the UJSH has....

Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Installs 2015-16 Officers

Irene Nakamoto was elected and installed as president of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation at its general membership meeting on July 18 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. First lady Dawn Amano-Ige installed the new...

Kuakini Memorial Service Honors Early Japanese Immigrants

With the Buddhist obon season soon to begin, members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and the medical center’s health care team gathered at the Kuakini Columbarium at the Honolulu Park Cemetery in Nu‘uanu on May...
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Fukushima Taiko Groups thank Hawai‘i with concert for Disaster Relief efforts

The Fukushima Taiko Union, comprised of over 50 drumming ensembles from the Japan prefecture of Fukushima, will present a Mahalo Concert at Lahaina Jodo Mission on Sunday, July 6, from 6-8 p.m. The concert, titled...

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