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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,....
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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.
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....
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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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:
Deputy Director of the Dept. of Budget of Finance, Ken Kitamura

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Gov. David Ige has appointed Ken Kitamura to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance. Kitamura was formerly business management officer for the Department of Human Services. In his new post, he will support Budget and Finance director Laurel Johnston in assuring compliance with the director’s primary roles and responsibilities as....
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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,....
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi installed the 2018 officers and directors. He and wife Jean (far right) are pictured with newly installed president Keith Sakuda and outgoing president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Celebrates the “Year of the Dog”

Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 11 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. About 150 members and their families attended this year’s gathering. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife, Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito....
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Hawaii Shingon Buddhists to Convene in Hilo on April 21

Congregations from Hawai‘i’s 12 Koyasan Shingon Buddhist temples will convene on the Big Island of Hawai‘i on Saturday, April 21, for their first statewide layperson convention in five years. Temple members are invited to come together with their family members and friends for a stimulating daylong program aimed at deepening their faith and enjoying fellowship.....

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