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.....
The 2018 MIS Veterans Club officers and directors, from left: immediate past president George Arine; president Lawrence Enomoto; vice president Glen Arakaki; secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa; treasurer Sherman Takao; and directors Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro, Annie Inouye, Dr. Shinye Gima, Gregg Hirata and Mark Matsunaga.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2018 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club installed its 2018 officers and directors at the club’s annual shinnen enkai on Feb. 25 at the Natsunoya Tea House. The club is made up veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in combat and intelligence roles in the Pacific and Asia theaters during World War II. However, because they....
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....
Graphic with text 'Ko-Ryukyu, The Dawn of Ryukyu. July 24, 2018 Tuesday Hawaii Okinawa Center, 7-9 pm'

Community Focus – “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu” Stages on July 24 at HOC

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, the youthful and energetic eisä taiko group, and the Pacific Cultural Interchange Association will present “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu,” a presentation of Okinawan cultural arts and pre-Ryukyuan history, on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. RMD Hawaii was founded by Akemi Martin-Sensei, who continues to....
Okinawan community members joined the “Pigs from the Sea” families for the governor’s proclamation presentation at his State Capitol office on Sept. 27.

Community Focus – Governor Proclaims Sept. 27 as “Pigs From the Sea Day”

This year marks 70 years since seven Okinawan men from Hawai‘i accompanied a shipload of pigs to Okinawa to help provide relief for their war-torn island home following the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. The men transported the 536 Chester Whites that had been purchased in Nebraska to Okinawa in August 1948. In a ceremony in....
Photo of Lisa Nakandakari, Keith Oshiro, Julia Okamura

Community Focus – HUOA to Honor Eight at Oct. 14 Legacy Award Banquet

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will honor eight individuals for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community and to Okinawa at its Legacy Awards luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The HUOA will honor the late Thomas Taro Higa; Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D.;....
Graphic that reads 'Kabuki in Hawaii 2019'

Spotlight – Kabuki Returning to Hawaii

Jodie Chiemi Ching For the first time in over 50 years, a presentation of Japanese kabuki will be staged in Hawai‘i. “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” is being presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival and the 150th anniversary of the 1868 arrival in Hawai‘i of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants....
Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s 2018-2019 officers (on stage) and directors.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates Gannenmono at Annual Meeting

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation held its annual general membership meeting and luncheon on July 29 at the Waialae Country Club. President Cathy Iwai said she enjoyed representing JWSF at so many events during the past year. The various events afforded Iwai and all of the members who participated in them an opportunity to learn....
Attendees joined in a bon dance on the Great Lawn led by members of Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai.

Community Focus – UJSH Tsukimi No Kai Celebrates Harvest Moon at Bishop Museum

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its an- nual “Tsukimi no Kai,” or moon-viewing celebration, on Oct. 25 on the Great Lawn of the Bishop Museum. This year’s event, co-chaired by UJSH members Frances Nakachi Kuba and Cyrus Tamashiro, was open to the general public and included food booths and food trucks with a....
New President of JCCH, Jacce Mikulanec

Community Focus – JCCH Selects Jacce Mikulanec as New President

Jacce Mikulanec has been selected as the new president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, succeeding the retiring Carole Hayashi- no. Mikulanec’s first day on the job will be Jan. 1, 2019. In a press release, JCCH board chair Ken Hayashida said Mikulanec’s “enthusiasm for JCCH’s mission, leadership in the community,....

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