Photo of Hooge Ryu Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy's annual New Year's party

Nakasone Dance Academy Welcomes the New Year

Teachers and students of Hooge Ryu Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy held their annual New Year’s party and a mini maizome dance performance at the ‘Aiea Elementary School cafeteria on Jan. 15. The...
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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...
Colin Nakagawa of the Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm and his father, Susumu Nakagawa, with Roland Higashi and Ivan Nakano of JCAH.

Community Focus – Japanese Community Association of Hawaii Honors Dodo Mortuary and the Seaside...

The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii recently recognized two 100-plus-year Hawai‘i island businesses as its 2017 Nikkei Kigyo Award honorees — Dodo Mortuary Inc., established in 1898; and The Seaside Restaurant, established in 1915. The sold-out recognition banquet was held May 17 at Nani Mau Gardens. Translated into English, “Nikkei Kigyo” means “enterprise of....
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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....
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Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on April 2

The public is invited to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Hawai‘i Buddhist Council’s annual Hanamatsuri (Buddha Day) service. University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa emeritus professor of religion Dr. George Tanabe will be the guest speaker at the service, which will be held Sunday, April 2, at Jodo Mission of Hawaii (1429 Makiki St.). Hanamatsuri celebrates....
Rev. Akihiro Okada presents a tamagushi to UJSH president Sheree Tamura. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Community Focus – UJSH Tsukimi No Kai Celebrates Harvest Moon

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its annual Tsukimi no Kai, or moon viewing celebration, on Oct. 5 at Café Waiola on the campus of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaka‘ako. Standing before an altar abundant with offerings of food for the gods and white streamers, the Rev. Akihiro Okada....
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HJCC’s 71st Annual Shinnen Enkai

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce celebrated the arrival of the ”Year of the Monkey” at its 71st annual shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet). The Jan. 8 event at the Japanese Cultural Center of...

Ehime Maru Crew Members Remembered

A tragic accident that happened in February 2001 in Hawaiian waters was remembered for the 14th year with a memorial service at the Ehime Maru Memorial at the Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. The short, but...

Higashi Honganji Shinshu Center Of America Presents Lecture

“People Are Persons: Buddhism, LGBTQ and You” is the topic of a lecture being given by The Rev. Patti Nakai of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. The public lecture will be held at Higashi...

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Celebrates “Year Of The Sheep” With First Tea Of 2015

Members and guests of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii welcomed 2015, the “Year of the Sheep,” with its traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year. The ceremony was held Jan. 19 in...

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