Roy Tsumoto and his wife Joan were showing shoppers Roy’s selection of handcrafted wood products. According to his website, Tsumoto grew up around woodcrafting because his parents owned Monkeypod Center in Kapälama back in the day. Tsumoto started making jewelry boxes and desk accessories in 1983 while working as a teacher. Now that he is retired, he has more time to devote to his woodworking.

In Our Community – August 16 to 18 “Made in Hawaii Festival”

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The entrance to the Halekulani Okinawa grounds. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

Spotlight – Halekulani Okinawa Opens

The grand opening of Halekulani’s first overseas property was celebrated in Honolulu on July 25 with a festive reception held just hours after the Halekulani Okinawa opened for business in the resort area of Onna. Halekulani Waikïkï’s general manager Ulrich Krauer hosted the reception for Hawai‘i travel and tour industry representatives and other guests, introducing....
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Community – Hui Makaala Fashion Show Attracts Sell-Out Audience

Karleen Chinen Hui Makaala’s 50th anniversary Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show attracted a sold-out audience of 700 people who filled the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on July 21. In celebration of the milestone anniversary event, which was co-chaired by Karen Shishido and Jane Tamanaha Lee, Hui Makaala arranged for YOKANG designer Kanna....
The Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji delivers the sermon at a past Ireisai service held at ‘Alae Cemetery, located just north of Hilo town. Local Japanese community groups and temples offer floral arrangements at the Ireito monument. (Photo by Eloise Hiura)

Community Focus – Ireisai Hoyo Memorial Service Set for Aug. 25 in Hilo

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will hold the 80th Ireisai Hoyo Memorial Service at ‘Alae Cemetery in Hilo on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. The annual observance was initiated by the late territorial Sen. Sanji Abe, who had the 14-foot, 7-and-one-half-inch marble monument cast in Japan in August of 1938. The memorial was....
Hiroshima City Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell with their respective Council chairs, Haruo Yamada from Hiroshima and Ikaika Anderson from Honolulu, after signing the sister-city reaffirmation document. (Photo by Brandon Saigusa)

Community Focus – Honolulu-Hiroshima Reaffirm Sister-City Ties

The 60th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Honolulu and Hiroshima City was commemorated — and reaffirmed — in several events on July 2. They included a signing ceremony in the Honolulu City Council chambers reaffirming the sister-city relationship, originally signed in 1959; a ceremonial tree planting and a reception. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and....
Nanako Numazaki (far right) hamming it up with friends.

Community – Nanako’s Gift of Kansha

Fukushima Earthquake Survivor Says, “Thank You Hawai‘i” Jodie Chiemi Ching “On March 14, (2011) Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz convened a meeting of local Japanese American groups, businesses, media outlets and financial institutions to launch an ‘Aloha for Japan’ fund drive to provide disaster assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.” It was one....
Diehard bon dance enthusiasts got an early start on the evening, dancing to recorded music before the sun had set and the live musicians had arrived.

In Our Community – Haleiwa Jodo Mission Obon Festival

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The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai presented scholarships of $1,000 each to Waiäkea High School senior Meghan M.B.Y. Nagai (right) and Hilo High School senior Kara Yoshiyama (left)

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The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai presented scholarships of $1,000 each to Waiäkea High School senior Meghan M.B.Y. Nagai and Hilo High School senior Kara Yoshiyama. The two were recognized for their excellence in academic, co-curricular and extracurricular achievements. Nagai, who is the daughter of Kenjin Kai members Sylvia and Michael Nagai, was a valedictorian....
Eric Tanouye and longtime Green Point Nurseries employee Estelle Navalta discuss their work plan for the day. During the 2009 economic recession, Tanouye and his fellow Big Island flower growers came up with a plan to lift the spirits of their entire island community. (Photo courtesy Eric Tanouye)

Home Sweet Home – Community Spirits Tanouye, Goto, and Galimba

Meet Three Big Island Community Spirits Who Keep Their Communities Resilient and Relevant Dan Nakasone Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Each of the islands of Hawai‘i has its own unique qualities that draw you to them. I love all of the islands, but the Big Island is — and will always be — my....
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....

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