Misako Ito sips tea prepared by Omotesenke tea sensei from Kyöto, Masaki Kimura-Soshö and Hiroyuki Sugata-Sensei. Seated beside her are Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihe‘e.

Community Focus – Omotesenke Domonkai Holds Hatsugama Tea Ceremony

The Omotesenke Domonkai held a Hatsugama tea ceremony in the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi on Feb. 15. The ceremony commemorated the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Hawaiʻi branch.
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi, who served as the installing officer, is pictured with the 2020 officers and directors.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

Close to 100 Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members came together at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 16 for the organization’s annual general meeting and New Year’s party. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his wife Misako; and, from Tökyö,....
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito welcomes guests to the first birthday reception of the Reiwa Era for Emperor Naruhito.

Community Focus – The Consul General of Japan Holds Emperor’s Birthday Reception

On the evening of Feb. 20, the first birthday reception of the Reiwa Era for Emperor Naruhito was held at the Nu‘uanu residence of Koichi Ito, consul general of Japan. Three hundred eighty guests enjoyed the festivities on the lawn. They were welcomed by live music performed by the Hawaii Gagaku Society and Royal Hawaiian....
Flyer for 'BEGIN' one night only on March 28, 2020 in Torrance, CA on behalf of the Okinawa Association of America, Inc.

Community Focus – Okinawa’s Begin Set for March 28 Concert in Torrance

The popular Okinawan pop/folk group BEGIN will make its U.S. mainland debut in a concert set for Saturday, March 28, in Torrance, Calif. The 7:30 p.m. concert, sponsored by the Okinawa Association of America, Inc., will be held in the Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino Community College (16007 Crenshaw Blvd.) in Torrance.
Leilani Okuda

Herald Salutes – Leilani Okuda

On Feb. 8, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Leilani Okuda was inducted into the President William McKinley High School’s Hall of Honor. She was honored for serving the softball community locally, nationally and internationally. Her many honors include:
Deidre Tegarden

Herald Salutes – Deidre Tegarden

Deidre Tegarden has rejoined Maui’s Nisei Veterans Memorial Center as executive director, a position she held from 2016 until 2018, when newly elected Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino selected her as his chief of staff. Tegarden will replace former state Sen. Jill Tokuda, who will now serve as NVMC’s director for external relations, leading the....
On Feb. 10, Mayor Caldwell, Hajime Nakama — the mayor of Kin Town in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan — and about a hundred attendees met in the Honolulu City Council Chambers at Honolulu Hale for a friendship city relationship signing ceremony.

Spotlight – A New Friendship, Honolulu and Kin Town

Jodie Chiemi Ching This year marks 120 years since the first Okinawan immigrants landed on our shores. We are bound by history and bound by aloha. Today, we turn another page by signing this special friendship city relationship with Kin Town,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. On Feb. 10 Mayor Caldwell met with Hajime Nakama —....
The 2020 Kenjin Kai Young Achiever honorees (from left): Heather Omori, Central Oahu Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; David Shinsato, Hawaii United Okinawa Association; Mamina Tahara, Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai; and Zackery Harris, Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai with UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba (standing, far left) and UJSH president, Rev. Akihiro Okada (standing, far right). Standing behind the Young Achievers are their respective kenjinkai presidents: (from left: Clyde Matsumoto, Lynn Miyahira, Keith Sakuda and Sadie Watanabe.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Welcomes “Year of the Rat!”

United Japanese Society of Hawaii members and supporters welcomed the “Year of the Rat” at the organization’s shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Jan. 11. A moment of silence was observed to remember and honor UJSH members who have passed on. Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) from the Kikunobu Dance....
The MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual shinnen enkai luncheon on Jan. 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. Highlights included a keynote speech by Nisei Veterans Legacy president Lynn Heirakuji (front) and the installation of the 2020 officers. The officers installed were (left to right) Keith Matsumoto, director; Karen Kikukawa, secretary; Sherman Takao, treasurer; Larry Enomoto, past president and director; Shinye Gima, president; Glen Arakaki, director; and Herbert Matsumoto, director.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans of Hawaii Installs its 2020 Officers

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Members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association ushered in 2020 — the Year of the Rat — with a Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year on Jan. 19 at the Seikoan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i. Miharu Oba (brown kimono) was the officiating teishu (tea ceremony host) with her assistant and narrator, or hanto, Miharu Ooba (pink kimono). Guests from left: Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Akemi Kurokawa and his wife Misako, and Sojin Murata.

Community Focus – Urasenke Hawaii Celebrates the “Year of the Rat”

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