Four Ethnic Chambers Sign Cooperative Mou

A Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, was signed on March 9 by the presidents of the Japanese, Filipino, Korean and Chinese chambers of commerce. In accordance with the MOU, the four chambers will seek...

HUOA Installs 2015 Officers, Honors “Uchinanchu Of The Year”

Over 900 people packed the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Jan. 17 for the installation of the organization’s 2015 officers and advisors and to recognize the year’s Uchinanchu of the Year. In his message, outgoing president...

Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Holds Annual “Adopt-A-Mom” Program

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, their guests and residents of Kuakini Home gathered at Hale Pulama Mau on May 19 for JWSF’s 18th annual “Adopt-A-Mom” program. The event is normally held on...
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Kona Historical Society Holding Online Auction

The Kona Historical Society is holding an online auction to raise money for its upcoming community projects and programs. The auction will continue through Sunday, July 26, at 7 p.m. (HST). On the auction...
Alhambra Rendering

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....
From left: JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa; Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige; Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho; honorees Kenny and Chizuko Endo of Taiko Center of the Pacific; honorees Barry Masuo, Ethel Yamane and Ethel Hasegawa, representing the JCCH Gift Shop Visionaries; honoree Tsukasa Harufuku of JTB Hawaii Inc.; honorees Mabel and Norman Hashisaka of Kauai Kookies; honoree Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms and JCCH president/executive director Carole Hayashino.

Community Focus – JCCH Honors Six at “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized six individuals, organizations and volunteers at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on June 17 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. The honorees were recognized for their dedication to culture and the arts, commitment to the promotion of Japanese culture, contributions to the community, leadership....
Guests joined in a bon dance led by members of the Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai.

Community Focus – Hilo’s JCAH to Present “Bunka NO HI” on Nov. 18

Hilo’s Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will hold its biennial Japanese Culture Day, or “Bunka No Hi,” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Sangha Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Okage Sama De,” the Japanese phrase meaning, “I am what I am because of you.” Admission to the event is....
Former Wakaba Kai sorority members gathered for a group photo at their recent 68th reunion at the JCCH. Inset: Wakaba Kai founder Lillian Yajima tells the former sorority members about Wakaba Kai’s early days. (Photos by Clinton Inouye)

Community Focus – Wakaba Kai Sorority Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Former members of the University of Hawai‘i’s Wakaba Kai gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Oct. 22 to celebrate the sorority’s 68th anniversary. Wakaba Kai, which means “young leaves” in Japanese, was founded in 1949 by Lillian Yajima. Young female UH students who pledged to the sorority could be seen carrying a....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Buddhist Council Launches “Open Night at the Temples”

The Hawaii Buddhist Council has launched an “Open Night at Temples” series aimed at introducing those interested in learning about the different denominations of Buddhism represented in the council to an open-house tour of those temples.  The escorted tour will open with a short sample of the denomination’s Buddhist service, followed by a Dharma sharing....

Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Celebrates 24th Hawaii Visit

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Oyama City in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture presented its 24th concert series in Honolulu last month. The 12 students, plus a violinist and a pianist, shared their talent with...

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