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Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Committee Raises Over $43,000 for Hiroshima Relief

“Hawai‘i for Hiroshima,” a group of organizations with ties to Hiroshima Prefecture, has raised more than $43,521 in relief funds to aid the prefecture following the heavy rains that hit Hiroshima in early July, causing widespread flooding and landslides. The rains damaged homes and businesses and claimed the lives of 108 residents and injured 17....
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Community Focus – World War II AJA Soldiers to be Remembered in Oahu, Maui...

World War II AJA soldiers, their families and supporters will come together on Sunday, Sept. 25, in separate services on O‘ahu and Maui to remember fallen comrades of the Second World War. The O‘ahu Joint...
The 2019 “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i.” Seated from left are Earl Kawa‘a, Gertrude Tsutsumi, John Hara and Jimmy Yagi. Standing behind them are Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and its president, Pieper Toyama.

Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honors 44th “Living Treasure” Group

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii held its 44th annual Living Treasures of Hawai‘i program on Feb. 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The program recognizes individuals for their sustained contributions to enriching our society. Honored were former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo men’s basketball coach James “Jimmy” Yagi, architect and environmental design pioneer John....
Pictured, from left: Honoree Wesley Deguchi with Nisei Veterans Legacy; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; honoree Dr. Mitchell Maki with the Go For Broke National Education Center; honoree Donna Tanoue; honoree Jake Shimabukuro; JCCH president Carole Hayashino; JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; honoree George Takei; honorees Deidre Tegarden and Brian Moto with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center; Claude Onizuka repesenting honoree, the Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Gov. David Ige.

Community – JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Honors Seven

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized four organizations and three individuals at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala dinner on June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Taiko master and previous “Sharing the Spirit” honoree Kenny Endo opened the event with an attention-catching taiko performance. JCCH board chair Christine Kubota....
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Spotlight – Storytelling Highlights Nisei Veterans Summer Special

Storytellers Nyla Fujii-Babb and Dann Seki to Present Their Story, “Okäsan” Jodie Chiemi Ching On Saturday, July 27, the Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club will hold a “Nisei Veterans Summer Special” event at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans clubhouse (520 Kamoku St., across from ‘Iolani School) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is....

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Dr. Doris (Yamauchi) Ching has been appointed interim chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. Her appointment by UH President David Lassner was confirmed unanimously by the UH Board of Regents at...
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Community Focus – Yokohama Showing for “Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit”, Next Stop: Hiroshima

A photo exhibit chronicling the history of Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Hawai‘i recently opened at the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The exhibit, titled, “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy,” is co-sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The term Nikkei refers....
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Seven World War II AJA Veterans Sought for Rose Parade Float

The City of Alhambra (California), in conjunction with the Go For Broke National Education Center, is seeking seven World War II Japanese American veterans who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), 442nd Regimental Combat Team or Military Intelligence Service to ride on its 2015 Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day in response to the parade’s theme....

Wakaba Kai Sorority Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Members of the Wakaba Kai Sorority gathered at Natsunoya Tea House on Oct. 5 for the group’s 65th anniversary reunion. The original Wakaba Kai Club was organized in 1927 when the University of Hawai‘i dean...
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Spotlight – Bamboo Ridge Turns 40 with a Book and a Bash

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen Chinen Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawai‘i’s go-to publisher for local literature, is celebrating its Big 4-0 with the release of a new volume of poetry, prose and art — and a birthday bash. First, the party. The “Not Pau Yet Party” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. in....

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