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Spotlight – Zentoku Foundation Documentary Film Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching The Zentoku Foundation is on a mission and leading the charge is its president, Mark Nakakihara. “The organization’s mission to gather and write stories is urgent,” he said. According to its website, “The Zentoku Foundation was created to help grow and strengthen the Japanese American community by developing a convenient, user friendly,....
Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association. Front row, from left: Dr. Ruth Ono, Dr. Dennis Ogawa, Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino, Dr. Genshitsu Sen, Consul General Koichi Ito, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.S. and advisor to Urasenke Foundation Shichiro Amae and Hirohisa Koyama. Middle row, from left: former first lady Lynne Waihe‘e, Hidemi Amae and Joycelyn Victorino. Back row, from left: former Tanko Kai Hawaii President Akemi Kurokawa, Takehiko Kato, UH President David Lassner, East-West Center President Richard Vuylsteke, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Dr. Robert Huey, Souko Sakurai and Mark Burak.

Community Focus – Urasenke Celebrates 47th Tea Seminar

Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii president Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association on July 21. Participants of the University of Hawai‘i’s 47th tea seminar were also invited to the event which was held at the Sheraton Waikiki. 
The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation installed their 2019-2020 board and committee directors on Sunday, July 28 at the Oahu Country Club.

Community Focus – JWSF Installs 2019-2020 Board

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation installed 18 officers and committee directors for 2019-2020 at its general membership meeting and luncheon on Sunday, July 28, at the Oahu Country Club. JWSF members and guests enjoyed the Nuuanu Ballroom’s panoramic view of the ocean and mountains under a clear blue sky. The newly installed officers included Melanie....
Five-year-old Evelyn Camero works on her own ikebana arrangement while her uncle, Peter Kawamoto (next to her, but not pictured), works on his own arrangement.

In Our Community – Ikebana International’s Make-And-Take

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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....

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