Bishop Shokai Kanai of Nichiren Mission in Nu‘uanu observes as longtime member Sandra Taga rings the temple bell a few minutes before Jan. 1, 2020. The ringing of the bell signifies the arrival of the new year.

In Our Community – Ringing in 2020, the “Year of the Rat”

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The 2019 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts (from left): Princess Alexis Camara and Shayden Aoyagi, Princess Kokoro Yamazaki and Cael Yasutake, Queen Emma Mika Endo and Matthew Kaimiola, Princess Cassidy Hanano and Isaiah Gomes, and Princess Lauren Mitra and Kenneth Fiori. (Photo by Nagamine Photo Studio)

Community Focus – Chyrsanthemum Festival Queen Crowned

Henry Perrine Baldwin High School junior Emma Mika Endo, 16, was crowned the 67th Chrysanthemum Festival queen at the Kïhei Community Center on Dec. 7. Endo is the daughter of Randall and Patti Endo of Wailuku, Maui. Rounding out the Chrysanthemum Festival court were princesses:
The 2019 World Buddhist Women’s Association convention delegation from Hilo (from left): Barbara Fujimoto, Rimban Shindo Nishiyama, Suzy Nishiyama, BJ Soriano, Theo Kushi and Hilo BWA president Carole Tsutsumi. Not pictured: Ellen Okano. (Photo courtesy Jan Higashi)

Community Focus – Jan. 26 Shinnen Enkai Set for Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Buddhist Women

“Building Healthy Sanghas: Embracing Generosity and Openness” will be the theme of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association shinnen enkai (New Year’s party) and general membership meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Sangha Hall. Rimban Shindo Nishiyama will conduct the service. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the service and party....
The mochi-shaping crew takes a break to pose for a group shot. (Photo courtesy Akiko’s B&B)

Community Focus – Wailea Village Mochi Pounding Set for Dec. 28

Hawai‘i Island’s much-anticipated Wailea Village Mochi Pounding will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B in Hakalau (15 mile marker) along the Hämäkua Coast. The community mochi pounding that attracts residents and visitors alike is in its 22nd year. A short film on the event by....
The audience enjoys the handbell music of Tinkerbell. (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

Community Focus – Peace Commemorated with Handbell and Shamisen Concert

Chaminade University’s Mystical Rose Oratory was the setting for the Christmas Concert for PEACE and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration on Dec. 7. The program by Tinkerbell, a handbells performing group from Japan, and Tsugaru Shamisen music, also from Japan, was organized by the BDK – Rev. (Yoshiaki) Fujitani Interfaith Program at Chaminade University and....
Standing, from left: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige with 2019 HUOA Legacy Award honorees from Hawai‘i — Arthur Kaneshiro, Roy Yamaguchi and George Tamashiro — along with deputy consul general of Japan Shinichi Yamanaka and 2019 HUOA president Jocelyn Ige. Seated (from left) are the Legacy Award honorees from Okinawa: Akira Makiya, Choko Takayama and Asami Ginoza.

Herald Salutes – HUOA Legacy Award

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its Legacy Award to eight individuals — four from Hawai‘i and four from Okinawa — for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community. The awards were presented at a luncheon banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on Nov. 2. Honored from Hawai‘i were....
Yumiko Uyeno

Herald Salutes – Yumiko Uyeno

Yumiko Uyeno was recently installed as Sawai Koto Kai Hawaii’s new president. Also installed as officers were vice presidents Keiko Akamine and Mary Yanagihara; secretaries Pamela Honbo and Mariko Dotzler and treasurer Diane Tokumaru. Uyeno, who is a Hiroshima native, began studying koto at the age of 5 under Grandmaster Yoshiko Mihara of the Ikuta....
Kailua High School students (from left) Luke Tobias, Skye Simbahon and David Valaderes wearing yukata kimono for the first time. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

In Our Community – JASH Presents “Japan Day”

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This house and car were damaged by gusty winds in Ichihara, near Tökyö, on Oct. 12, just before Typhoon Hagibis made landfall. (Kyodo News Photo)

Spotlight | S-O-S Drives to Aid Japan

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Japan was hit hard last month with two major disasters — killer Typhoon Hagibis, which hit northern Honshu, taking lives, and a devastating fire in Okinawa that burned historic Shuri Castle to the ground. The people of Hawai‘i are responding with aloha to both tragedies. On Oct. 12, Typhoon Hagibis made....
Deigo Club president Tadashi Kinjo (far right) with three original Deigo Club members (from left): Masaru Nakama, Robert Nakamoto and Yasu Uyema.

Community Focus – Diego Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Deigo Club marked the 70th anniversary of its founding with a special gathering at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Oct. 27, putting on a show that featured performers from Hawai‘i’s various Okinawan music and dance studios. The celebratory “Karii!” and “Kampai!” toasts were offered by Hawaii United Okinawa Association president Jocelyn “Jo” Ige and....

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