“Name The Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Contest Winners

Toshi Shimizu of Pearl City was the first prize winner of Hawaii Hochi Ltd.’s 32nd “Name the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest. Shimizu, who also won first prize last year, was one of two...

Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Visit Hawai‘i

Twenty-three students from Matsuyama University in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture recently visited Honolulu, where they met with students from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa as part of the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars exchange program. The program...

Hawai’i-Okinawa Student Exchange Program Marks 25th Anniversary

The 25 Okinawan student participants in the 25th Hawai‘i-Okinawa Sister-State Student Exchange marked the milestone anniversary with a visit to the office of Gov. David Ige on March 12. During their two-week visit, the...

Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Kencha Shiki

A kencha shiki (formal offertory of tea) was the highlight of the Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii’s 60th anniversary celebration, which was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Honolulu. The kencha was offered by Yuyusai Soin...

Blake Oshiro

Blake Oshiro has been named Director Of Counsel for the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm, practicing in the area of government relations. Oshiro, a former state representative from the ‘Aiea area, is...
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Uchinanchu Of The Year Honorees

The HUOA recognized 45 individuals as “Uchinanchu of the Year” at its installation/”Uchinanchu of the Year” banquet on Jan. 17 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. Honored were: • Aza Gushikawa Doshi Kai: Ruth and Wayne...
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Hui O Laulima Awards $10,000 in Cultural Grants

In keeping with its mission of perpetuating Okinawan culture, the Hui O Laulima women’s group has awarded cultural grants to 10 individuals and organizations totaling $10,000. The recipients will use their grants to promote...

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...

Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Celebrates 24th Hawaii Visit

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Oyama City in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture presented its 24th concert series in Honolulu last month. The 12 students, plus a violinist and a pianist, shared their talent with...

Honpa Hongwanji Mission Of Hawaii Inducts New Living Treasures

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii recognized six individuals as “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i” at a sold-out luncheon banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The lunchtime program opened...

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