Fukuoka Welcomes “Year Of The Monkey”

Members of the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai came together at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for their annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. Special guests included former...
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Central Pacific Bank recently announced personnel changes. Dayna Matsumoto has been promoted to senior vice president and controller. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, financial management, and reporting processes, including overseeing the...

Yuko O’Reilly Presented Foreign Minister’s Commendation

Yuko O’Reilly was presented the Foreign Minister’s commendation in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Feb. 11 presentation was made by Consul General Yasushi Misawa at the...

Urasenke Celebrates Conclusion of 42nd Hawaii Tea Seminar

Dr. Genshitsu Sen, president of the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii and Urasenke’s 15th grand tea master, hosted a dinner banquet celebrating the conclusion of the 42nd annual tea seminar at the East-West Center on...
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Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawai‘i Holds First Tea of 2017

The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii celebrated the “Year of the Rooster” with a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, in the Seikokan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i...

Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Members of the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu (chapter) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding with a concert of all eight schools/member-clubs on April 10 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The Hawaii Shibu’s...
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Herald Salutes

Kristi Hirota-Schmidt, CMCA(R), AMS(R), has recently been named president of the West Oahu Economic Development Association (WOEDA). Hirota-Schmidt is senior vice president of business development of Associa Hawaii, an association management company. WOEDA is a...
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Community Focus – Yamagata Governor Introduces Prefecture’s Products

Yamagata Prefecture governor Mieko Yoshimura visited Honolulu last month to introduce products from her prefecture. Among the products Yoshimura and Japanese actor Eiichiro Funakoshi introduced were Yamagata’s artisan woodworks and crafts, its sake, Yonezawa...

Project Dana, Jolene Kim Gerell Receive Ho‘omenemene Award

The Samaritan Counseling Center Hawaii presented its 2016 Ho‘omenemene Award to Project Dana and the late Jolene Kim Gerell at its awards banquet on May 1 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The dinner...

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