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Community Focus – Haleiwa Shingon Mission Annual Seminar

Haleiwa Shingon Mission presented its 21st Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar on Oct. 23. Emceed by Eleanor Nitta, the program opened with welcome remarks by James Sato, followed by a moment of silence for world peace...
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Community Focus – 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants Introduced

The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival was officially launched on Jan. 8, with the 15 queen contestants introduced at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Kokoro, the Japanese word for heart, mind and spirit, is the theme for this year’s festival. “Kokoro embodies the spirit of the Cherry Blossom Festival....
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Hui O Laulima Awards 2016 Cultural Grants

Hui O Laulima, a nonprofit women’s organization and a member-club of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, has awarded $5,000 in cultural grants to seven individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate Okinawan culture in...

Ehime Maru Crew Members Remembered

A tragic accident that happened in February 2001 in Hawaiian waters was remembered for the 14th year with a memorial service at the Ehime Maru Memorial at the Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park. The short, but...
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Community Focus – United Japanese Society Honors New Octogenarians With An 80th Birthday Party

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 27 O‘ahu Nikkei who are celebrating their 80th birthday this year by throwing them a grand celebration. The UJSH’s 42nd annual Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai (Senior Citizens...
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Community Focus – Winners of the “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen”

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrié visited the Hawaii Hochi offices on March 28 and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, assisted by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. president Taro Yoshida (pictured above).

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...
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Community Focus – Anthology Project to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Okinawans in Hawaii

The year 2020 will mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Okinawans in Hawai‘i. A project to commemorate that milestone is currently in the works, with the final product being a multimedia collection of original works about Okinawan heritage in Hawai‘i. The theme is “Our Okinawan Heritage in Hawai‘i.” Submissions are being....
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Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed....
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Hui O Laulima Accepting 2018 Cultural Grant Applications

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2018 Cultural Grant program. All prospective grant projects/activities should take place during the 2018 January-December calendar year. Applications, including the complete list of criteria, are due by July 31. Hui O Laulima has been awarding grants and scholarships since 1984. To date, the organization has awarded more....

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