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....
HIHO volunteers work on a group project for Kokua Kalihi Valley, moving a tree log in Kalihi Valley. (Photos courtesy HIHO)

Community – Happy 10th Anniversary , Hiho!

“Hands In Helping Out” is Helping to Build a Kinder, More Giving Community Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When December rolls around, most kids get to work on their Christmas wish list, hoping for the newest gadgets and toys. Adults, smitten by holiday sales, rush to the malls to shop till they drop.....
Lloyd Miyashiro-Sensei stands under the kanji for ki (life energy) in the Kapa‘a döjö. (Aikidö photos by Carolyn Morinishi)

Community – Lloyd Miyashiro is Living His “KiI”

Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald We drove past the old gate and continued on to a narrow dirt road that led to a small, grassy clearing. At the far end of the field stood a small termite-worn building. Although we were in the Wailua area of Kaua‘i in 2019, it felt like we....
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....
Adjutant General-designate Kenneth Hara

Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara as the state’s new adjutant general, effective Dec. 6. He will succeed Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, who will retire from the post at the end of the year. Ige thanked Gen. Logan for his leadership and service to Hawai‘i. Ige said Hara has been....

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