Huoa Honors Five With 2015 Legacy Award

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its 2015 Legacy Awards to four individuals and one family business. The event, themed “Yuziri,” which means “legacy,” was held Nov. 1 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Honored...

Judo Junior National Championships Held In Hawaii

Over a thousand judo-ka (judo practitioners) from around the state, the U.S. mainland, Canada, Tahiti, Singapore and Japan were in Hawai‘i during the July 4th weekend to participate in the Fifth Annual Grassroots Judo...
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....

Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Visit Hawai‘i

Twenty-three students from Matsuyama University in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture recently visited Honolulu, where they met with students from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa as part of the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars exchange program. The program...
Colbert Matsumoto (seated, fourth from left) and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito hold Matsumoto’s Imperial Decoration certificate. Also seated in the front row (from left): Irene Hirano Inouye, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Ito, Matsumoto, wife Gail Matsumoto and mother Matsuko Matsumoto. Standing behind are Colbert Matsumoto’s other family members and friends. (Photo courtesy Japanese Consulate)

Spotlight – Colbert Matsumoto Receives Imperial Decoration

Colbert Masayuki Matsumoto was conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Government of Japan in a ceremony at the Japanese Consulate on Dec. 21. The Imperial Decoration, which was presented at the Japanese Consulate by Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, recognized Matsumoto’s work in strengthening ties between Hawai‘i,....

442nd Veterans Celebrate 73rd Anniversary

Close to 500 World War II Nisei veterans, their families and friends turned out for the 442nd Veterans Club’s 73rd anniversary banquet at the Pacific Beach Hotel on April 10. About 60 of the...

Joshua Hernandez Morse

Joshua Hernandez Morse has been named head of school of Pacific Buddhist Academy by the academy’s board of trustees. PBA is an independent, fully accredited, four-year high school, that offers teens of all faiths...

Fundraising Campaign Launched For Hiroshima Landslide Victims

The “Hawai‘i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee” recently kicked off a campaign to raise funds to aid the people of Hiroshima City following the massive landslides of Aug. 19. Seventy-two residents were killed in the...
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival contestants were introduced at the Ohana Festival. They are (from left): Mika Nakashige, Colette Masunaga, Kristen Yamamoto, Kaydi Hashima, Rhianna Taniguchi, Ariel Stenek, Melanie Carrié, Joy Nakahara, Kylie Hisatake, Chelsea Briggs, Cindy Nakagawa, Renni Iwasa, Karly Kaneshiro, Shelby Meador and Jordie Ocenar. (Photo courtesy Cherry Blossom Festival)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival got its official kick-off on Jan. 14 with the introduction of the 15 queen contestants at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored annually by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festival theme is Inspire.....

Urasenke Celebrates Conclusion of 42nd Hawaii Tea Seminar

Dr. Genshitsu Sen, president of the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii and Urasenke’s 15th grand tea master, hosted a dinner banquet celebrating the conclusion of the 42nd annual tea seminar at the East-West Center on...

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