The Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2017 “Uchinanchu of the Year” honorees on the stage of the Hawaii Okinawa Center.

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The Hawaii United Okinawa Association recognized 45 “Uchinanchu of the Year” at its annual ”Uchinanchu of the Year”/installation banquet at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Jan. 20. The 2017 “Uchinanchu of the Year” were honored for their service to their respective club, the HUOA and the larger community. The honorees were:
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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.
Mike Tokunaga (far left), representing S. Tokunaga Store, is pictured with JCAH president Ivan Nakano (center) and Nikkei Kigyo Award Banquet co-chair Roland Higashi. (Photos courtesy JCAH)

Spotlight – JCAH “Nikkei Kigyo Banquet” Honors Kuwaye Trucking Inc. and S. Tokunaga’s Store

The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii presented its 2018 Nikkei Kigyo Award to Kuwaye Trucking, Inc. (established in 1912) and S. Tokunaga Store (established in 1920) at its Fifth Annual Nikkei Kigyo Banquet on Feb. 2. “We are indeed honored to recognize both companies: Kuwaye Trucking is now led by third-generation family member Wayne....
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....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting 2019 Cultural Grant Applications

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2019 Cultural Grant program. All prospective grant projects/activities must take place during the 2019 calendar year (January through December). Applications are due by July 31. The criteria for selection include:
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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....
Island Insurance Foundation president Tyler Tokioka and state Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto (far right) congratulate 2018 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award recipient Corinne Yogi. (Photo courtesy DOE)

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Kipapa Elementary School principal Corinne Yogi received the 14th annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation. Yogi was presented the $25,000 award at the annual Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on April 19. The award is named in honor of Island Insurance Company,....
Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki presented made in Fukushima daruma (traditional Japanese doll symbolizing perseverance and good luck) to the three Hawai‘i Fukushima kenjinkai presidents (from left): Winston Towata of Hawaii-Shima Fukushima Kenjin Doshi Kai; Brian Moto of Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wallace Y. Watanabe of Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai.

Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Drive Launched to Aid Hiroshima Flooding Victims

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai has launched a public fundraising campaign to support victims of the recent torrential rains that devastated Hiroshima Prefecture. In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima and other western prefectures of Japan caused widespread flooding and landslides, claiming lives, injuring residents, and damaging homes and businesses. As of July 16, 101....
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Community Focus – “Cultural Day” at the NVMC

“Cultural Day,” a project inspired and spearheaded by a Maui teen to honor Nisei veterans like her grandfather and all veterans, will be held at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a performance by Maui Taiko, participate in games and crafts,....
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; Hibari’s daughter-in-law, Yuka Kato; Gannenmono commemoration co-chair Sal Miwa; and Sheree Tamura, immediate past president of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.

Spotlight – “Misora Hibari Music Festival” Set for Nov. 24

Legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari loved the people of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i’s people loved her. On Saturday, Nov. 24, memories of the beloved Hibari’s gift for tugging at the heartstrings of her audiences with her nostalgic ballads will be celebrated at the Misora Hibari Music Festival at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. The 1 p.m.....

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