Members of the Oahu AJA League championship team, Waipahu, gather for a group photo (from left): Landen Taga, Chevas Numata, Zach Kometani, Nelson Inabata, Moku Paiva, Blane Muraoka, Hunter Hirayama, Revan Wong, Ricky Tahara, Kaipo Paiva, David Torigoe and Shaun Kiriu with his son Cooper.

Community Focus – Oahu AJA Baseball League Holds Awards Banquet

“Remembrance, Honor & Celebration” was the theme of the Oahu AJA Baseball League’s annual awards banquet on April 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. The event also celebrated the league’s victory in the 84th Annual Hawaii State AJA Baseball Championship Tournament, which was played at the Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo on April 6 to 7.....
Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and Kuakini’s healthcare team in front of the Kuakini columbarium following the May 28 memorial service. At the far right is the Rev. Takamasa Yamamura. Kuakini Health System president and CEO Gary Kajiwara stands in the front row, third from the left. (Photo courtesy of Kuakini Health Systems)

Community Focus – Kuakini Honors Issei in Annual Memorial Service

Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and Kuakini Health System’s administration team honored former Issei residents of Kuakini Home at a memorial ceremony on May 28. The service was held at the Kuakini Columbarium at the Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu‘uanu in conjunction with the obon season. Most of the 141 Issei interred in the columbarium....
Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Spotlight – Ariyoshi Inducted into the Aloha Order of Merit

Jodie Chiemi Ching Former Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit –– one of the state’s highest honors –– on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. In a press release from the Office of the Governor, it states, “The Aloha Order of Merit was established....
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JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala to Honor Six

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor five individuals and one organization at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on Saturday, June 22, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are Coach Gerald Oda and the 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Team; Lenn Sakata, the first player....
Terry Higa-Sensei holds his shihan (master teacher) certificate after Morikatsu Kishaba-Sensei (center) presented it to him during the performance. Pictured with them is Kimiko Shimabukuro-Sensei from Okinawa, who was Hawaii Taiko Kai’s first teacher when the group organized in 1987.

Community Focus – Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hawaii Performance

The 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Hozon Kai was celebrated in Hawai‘i on April 14 with an exciting and colorful taiko, music and dance performance in the Hawaii Okinawa Center’s Albert T. and Wallace T. Teruya Pavilion. Titled “Hawaii ni Hibiku Uchina De-ku (Echoes of Uchina De-ku in Hawaii),” the program featured performances....
Courtney Takara with HUOA’s 2018 sports program awardees for golf, bowling, volleyball and slow-pitch softball.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs Jocelyn Ige as President

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association recognized the 2018 “Uchinanchu of the Year” (highlighted in the Herald’s Feb. 15 edition) and installed its 2019 officers on Jan. 19 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. Students from Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts opened the program with a lively Shishimai dance. Among the 900 people in attendance were Gov. David....
The kenjinkai honored two new octogenarians — immediate past president Robert Nagao (left) and Kenneth Uwaine. Pictured with them (standing) are keiro committee chair Kenneth Saiki and HHKK president Wayne Miyao.

Community Focus – Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai held its annual membership meeting and shinnen enkai on March 10 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. Kenjinkai president Wayne Miyao presided over the general membership meeting. He said it was an honor and a privilege to serve as president and to continue the kenjinkai’s efforts....
Shirley Iida (left) presents third prize winner Laurie Ide of Pearl City with an Iida’s gift basket filled with precious Japanese goods.

Spotlight – “Guess the Cherry Blossom Queen” Prizes Awarded

Hawaii Hochi, Ltd.’s 36th annual “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Contest concluded this year with the presentation of the prizes to their respective winners. This year’s sponsors were:
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Community Focus – JCAH to Honor Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture

The East Hawai‘i-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will recognize two longtime businesses at its sixth annual Nikkei Kigyo banquet, set for Friday, May 10, at Nani Mau Gardens. Hirano Store, which was established 1918, and Yamada Furniture, founded in 1929, will be presented JCAH’s 2019 Nikkei Kigyo Award. “We’re proud to recognize both companies....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting Applications for 2020 Cultural Grants

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2020 Cultural Grant program aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. Since 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations for projects that fulfill its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. The grants are awarded....

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