Matsugoro Kuwata, one of the 149 Gannenmono who arrived in Hawai‘i in 1868, married a Hawaiian woman named Meleana. In this circa 1899 photo, they are pictured with their six children.

Spotlight – Gannenmono Calendar of Events

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....
The 2018 “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i” — (from left): Mary Jo Freshley; Hailama Farden; Gordon “Umi” Kai; Nelson Higa, representing his father Takejiro Higa; and Dr. Mitchell Eli. (Photo by Alan Kubota)

Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honors Five “Living Treasures of Hawaii”

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii recognized five individuals for demonstrating excellence and high standards of achievement in their respective fields at its “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i” program on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Living Treasures luncheon also served as the closing activity of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s 106th annual....
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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:
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Community Focus – June 16 JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Gala” to Honor...

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor three individuals and four organizations at its “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Annual Gala” on Saturday, June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are the Onizuka Memorial Committee, ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, actor and civil rights advocate George Takei and recently....
First prize winner Eric Kira (right) receives his prize from Grant Murata, Hawaii Herald/Hawaii Hochi advertising manager, on behalf of TransPacific Tours.

“Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Winners

Melanie Carrié, 66th Cherry Blossom Festival queen, visited the Hawaii Hochi offices in March and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest sponsored by The Hawai‘i Herald...
Outgoing president Vince Watabu passes on the president’s gavel to 2018 president Courtney Takara.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs 2018 Officers

Approximately 800 people attended the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu of the Year” and installation banquet earlier this year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The festivities saw the installation of the HUOA’s youngest president to date, 31-year-old Courtney Takara. She succeeds Vince Watabu as president of the organization made up of nearly 10,000 households. In....
Evan Nagao demonstrates his yo-yo mastery. (Photo courtesy JCAH)

Big Island Community Focus – Hilo “Kodomo No Matsuri Set” For May 12

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, will hold its ninth biennial Kodomo no Matsuri — Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. In Japan, May 5 has been designated as “Kodomo no Hi,“ a day to honor all....
The club’s 2018 officers, from left: Yayoi Nakandakari, assistant treasurer; Naoko Wada, treasurer; Akemi Kinjo, Japanese language secretary; Elaine Sato, English secretary; Toshihiro Nakandakari, first vice president; Tadashi Kinjo, president; Yasuko Arakawa, second vice president; and advisor Masakazu Teruya. (Not pictured: advisor Grant “Sandaa” Murata)

Community Focus – Deigo Club Holds Shinnen Enkai

Members of the Deigo Club held their shinnen enkai at the Natsunoya Tea House on March 25. The gathering was a festive event, with lots of music, comedic skits and prizes. Yasuko Arakawa-Sensei and her Aki no Kai koto students performed “Kajadefu,” which was danced by Dazzman Toguchi.
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)

Herald Salutes

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,....
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Community Focus – “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawaii Island”

The Hawai‘i Japanese Center, in partnership with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, will present two showings of the documentary film, “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i Island,” on Saturday, April 28, at the HJC in Hilo. The showings are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The film is part of the JCCH’s four-part....

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