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 Moana Hotel. During the program, which was organized by the Makua Alii chapter, Saigusa-Sensei presented an Intermediate certificate of achievement to....
Graphic with text 'Ko-Ryukyu, The Dawn of Ryukyu. July 24, 2018 Tuesday Hawaii Okinawa Center, 7-9 pm'

Community Focus – “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu” Stages on July 24 at HOC

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, the youthful and energetic eisä taiko group, and the Pacific Cultural Interchange Association will present “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu,” a presentation of Okinawan cultural arts and pre-Ryukyuan history, on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. RMD Hawaii was founded by Akemi Martin-Sensei, who continues to....
Gov. David Ige greets the veterans waiting for their marching orders prior to the start of the banquet.

Community Focus – “Go For Broke” 442nd RCT Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Close to 600 people, including 44 World War II AJA veterans, turned out for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 75th anniversary banquet on March 18 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The event, themed “Celebrating with Gratitude and Pride,” opened with the 442nd veterans filing into the Hawaii Ballroom, followed by family members of deceased veterans....
Pictured, from left: Honoree Wesley Deguchi with Nisei Veterans Legacy; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; honoree Dr. Mitchell Maki with the Go For Broke National Education Center; honoree Donna Tanoue; honoree Jake Shimabukuro; JCCH president Carole Hayashino; JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; honoree George Takei; honorees Deidre Tegarden and Brian Moto with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center; Claude Onizuka repesenting honoree, the Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Gov. David Ige.

Community – JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Honors Seven

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized four organizations and three individuals at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala dinner on June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Taiko master and previous “Sharing the Spirit” honoree Kenny Endo opened the event with an attention-catching taiko performance. JCCH board chair Christine Kubota....
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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....
Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary, Kuakini Health System administration and Tendai Mission in front of the Kuakini columbarium following the May 29 memorial ceremony. Front row, from left: Memorial Project Committee chair Jinny Okubo; Kuakini Auxiliary president Karen Kuraoka; Rev. Ryodo Ishida of Tendai Mission; Alex Murata, president of the Tendai Mission support organization Ichigu Kai; Rev. Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission; Gary Kajiwara, Kuakini president and CEO; Nancy Shimamoto with the Kuakini Auxiliary; and Suzette Lau-Hee from Kuakini Home. (Photo courtesy Kuakini Health System)

Kuakini Honors Memory of Japanese Immigrants

Members of the Kuakini Medical Center Auxiliary and the Kuakini Health System administration gathered at Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu‘uanu on May 29 to honor the memory of the Gannenmono, who arrived in Hawai‘i in 1868, and the 141 Issei who once resided at what was originally the Japanese Home of Hawaii. They offered prayers....
Rotary Club of Hilo president Steve Handy (far left) presents the $20,000 check from the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan to Pahoa Sunset Rotary Club president Ron Cutler (fourth from left). Handy was joined by Rotary Club of Hilo members (from left) Mitchell Dodo, Ed Hara, Newton Chu, Naomi Menor and Russell Oda, all of whom, except for Menor, are Rotary Club of Hilo past presidents. (Photo courtesy Ed Hara)

Community Focus – Rotary Club of Hiroshima South Donates $20,000 to Puna Relief Fund

The Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan presented a $20,000 check to its sister club in Hawai‘i, the Rotary Club of Hilo, to support the Puna relief efforts resulting from the ongoing Kïlauea volcano eruption. The donation was made at the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South’s meeting on June 1. The funds will be....
HHKK member Dorothy Chihoko Nakamura (center), who turns 80 this year, was introduced and recognized by president Wayne Miyao and advisor Ken Saiki. Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors Yu Nakajo, Hatsumi Morita (left) and Kaori Mihara joined Miyao and Saiki in celebrating Nakamura’s milestone.

Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai held its annual membership meeting and shinnen enkai on March 11 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The thunderous taiko sounds of Dragon Beat opened the program. Emcees Megumi Honami and Koshin Soga, both dressed in dog costumes in celebration of the “Year of the Dog,”....
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Community Focus – Bon Dances Schedule Corrections

The following are corrections to the Bon dance schedule that was published in the May 18, 2018, edition of The Hawai‘i Herald. We apologize for any inconvenience the errors may have caused. BIG ISLAND • July 21 (Sat.): Honokaa Hongwanji bon dance will begin at 7 p.m., following the 5:30 obon service.
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Community Focus – Hawaii Plantation Village to Host Preserved Food Section

Living on Hawai‘i’s sugar and pineapple plantations meant never wasting food or other valuables. With that in mind, Hawaii’s Plantation Village will hold a special session on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to demonstrate how leftover vegetables, fruits, fish and meat were preserved to stretch meals. Each ethnic group had creative....

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