Seated: Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa; Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and wife Ann; Dr. Genshitsu Sen, president of the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii; and former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihee and wife Lynne. Standing: Former Consul General of Japan in Honolulu and current Urasenke Tankokai Federation advisor Kishichiro Amae; Dr. Sakurai; Mrs. Yukiko Sakurai, niece of Dr. Sen; Mrs. Hidemi Amae; East-West Center president Richard Vuylsteke; Japan-America Society of Hawaii board chair Sal Miwa; Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i board chair Christine Kubota; Misako Kurokawa; Mr. Ajito of Urasenke Japan; and Akemi Kurokawa, former president of Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii.

Community Focus – Urasenke Celebrates 45th Seminar in Hawaii

Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii president Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tanko Kai Hawaii Association and participants in the University of Hawai‘i’s 45th tea seminar on July 20 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
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....
Sachie Saigusa-Sensei with the two recipients of certificates of achievement — Michiko Fukumoto (left) and Takako Yajima-Stults (right).

Sumie Society Celebrates 15th Exhibition

Members of the Sumie Society of Hawaii celebrated the conclusion of their 15th annual exhibition at Honolulu Hale with a luncheon at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room at the Ala Moana Macy’s on May 19. The members’ India ink and Japanese art drawings were on display in the courtyard of Honolulu Hale from May 8 to....
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Community Focus – Honolulu and Hokkaido Establish Sister State Ties

Hokkaidö Prefecture, Japan’s second-largest island, and the state of Hawai‘i are now sister-states. The signing of the sister-state relationship by Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige and Hokkaidö Gov. Harumi Takahashi was held May 8 at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. According to the agreement, the two states will engage in business, cultural and educational exchanges that....
Kuakini Auxiliary members, Kuakini Health System administration team and Tendai Mission representatives in front of the Kuakini Columbarium at Honolulu Memorial Park Cemetery following the May 30 memorial service. Bishop Ryokan Ara (in brown minister’s robe) of Tendai Mission of Hawaii and Gary Kajiwara (on Ara’s left), president/CEO of Kuakini, anchor the photo. (Photo courtesy Kuakini Health System)

Community Focus – Kuakini Honors Early Japanese Immigrant Residents of Kuakini Home

The Kuakini Auxiliary honored the memory of 141 former Issei residents of Kuakini Home on May 30 at the Kuakini Columbarium at Honolulu Memorial Park Cemetery in Nu‘uanu. The memorial service was conducted by Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission of Hawaii, with assistance from the Rev. Ryodo Ishida. In attendance were members of Kuakini....
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 – JCCH to Receive Federal Funds For Honouliuli National Monument Preservation

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i would receive $155,812 in grants to fund preservation and education projects at the Honouliuli National Monument.
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Community Focus – Families of Wahiawa Fallen Soldiers Sought For Third Memorial Ceremony

The Wahiawa Lions Club will hold the third annual Wahiawa War Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, July 16, at 4 p.m. at the Wahiawä District Park – Wahiawä War Memorial Swimming Pool at 1129 Kilani Ave. The families of 21 World War II soldiers from Wahiawä are being sought. To date, only five of the 21....
The fashion show co-chairs with featured designers of “Kagirinaki Yume (Boundless Dreams),” the 37th fashion show presented by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. From left; Kensei Takeda, Cathy Iwai, Amos Kotomori, Suzette Lau Hee, Kini Zamora and Hiroko Dewitz.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Presents 37th Fashion Show

“Kagirinaki Yume (Boundless Dreams)” was the theme of the 37th fashion show presented by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation on May 6 at the Prince Waikiki. The event was a fundraiser for the organization’s scholarship program and other gerontology-related projects, including Kuakini Home. The program was emceed by Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i board chair....
Photo of Okinawa Performing Artists - Yamada Kazuko, Nakandakari Tetsuya, Hanashiro Sekichi

Okinawa Performing Artists to Present June 8 Lecture-Demo on Kumiwudui

The 85th anniversary of Kin Ryosho Sensei’s teaching of the art of Kumiwudui, also known as Kumi Odori, in Hawai‘i — and the 41st anniversary of his teaching dance and Kumiwudui at the University of Hawai‘i will be commemorated with the presentation of a lecture demonstration by two of Kin-Sensei’s former students. The program is....

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