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....
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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