Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai president Wayne Miyao (far left), Hiroshima Prefecture governor Hidehiko Yuzaki (center) and Tökyö Hiroshima-Ken People’s Association president Yoshiki Paul Otake, gather for a group photo after signing of documents establishing the sister kenjinkai relationship. (Photos by Brandon Saigusa)

Community Focus – Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Establishes Relationship with Tokyo Hiroshima Kenjin Kai

After two years of meetings and negotiations, the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai formalized a sister kenjinkai relationship with the Tökyö Hiroshima-Ken People’s Association at a signing ceremony at the THKPA’s shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet) at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tökyö on Jan. 20.
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Community Kokua – CPB Foundation Donates Over $300,000 to #KeepHawaiiCooking

In less than a week, local families joined with Central Pacific Bank and Central Pacific Bank Foundation’s #KeepHawaiiCooking initiative to achieve a goal of 10,000 meals shared with the community, by splitting the bill and covering 50 percent of the tab for food ordered from favorite local restaurants. The program, which launched on March 27,....
Jodie Ching is a Japanese and Okinawan American yonsei born in Torrance, California and raised on East O‘ahu. She graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute and has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and literature. Ching began writing for the Herald as a freelancer in 2014 and became its staff writer in 2018. With this issue she begins a new chapter as The Hawai‘i Herald’s editor.

Editor’s Note – COVID-19 is Bringing Our Community Together

Jodie Chiemi Ching You will see a couple of changes in this issue, and there will be a few more in the next one. And it’s not because I am the new editor of the Herald. As you’ve probably already guessed, it’s because we’ve been putting our heads together (while social distancing ourselves of course)....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai’s proud new class of octogenarians (from left): Fumie Kitamura, George Kodama, Janette Nagao, Nancy Shimamoto, Lillian Uedoi and Shirley Yamada. Standing behind them are 80-year-old member recognition chair Kenneth Saiki (far left), “Japan’s Elvis” — Toki Toyokazu and HHKK president Wayne Miyao.

Community Focus – Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Celebrates New Year and Milestone Anniversary

Members of the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai welcomed the new year and also celebrated the 65th anniversary of the club’s establishment with a luncheon gathering on March 8 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. HHKK president Wayne Miyao welcomed the members and guests in attendance to the get-together. He said this year’s shinnen enkai....
Masafumi Ikenobo (front row, yellow and orange lei) from the Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto; Junko Hagio (on Ikenobo’s right), president of Ikenobo Ikebana Society Honolulu Hawaii Chapter; Koichi Ito, consul general of Japan; Prof. Fukuhiro Namamura from the Kyoto headquarters; and other guests are all smiles at the opening ceremony of the ikebana exhibit held at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on March 6.

Community Focus – Ikenobo Holds Exhibit Despite Honolulu Festival Cancellation

On March 6, the Ikenobo Ikebana Society Honolulu Hawaii Chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary with an opening ceremony for its two-day exhibit at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. The exhibit was supposed to be held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center as part of the Honolulu Festival. However, on March 3, a press release from the....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the....
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Community Focus – “HIFF@Home” to Launch April 3

On April 3, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival will launch a new initiative, “HIFF@HOME,” a specially curated program of short films, which will be available to view at www.hiff.org for free. It is HIFF’s response to the impact of COVID-19. These short films have been screened in previous HIFF events, many of them award winners,....
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Herald Salutes

The Hawai‘i Medical Service Association recently appointed Dr. Mark M. Mugiishi as its new president and chief executive officer. Mugiishi had been serving as interim president/CEO and chief health officer since last August. His appointment was effective Feb. 1. Dr. Mugiishi has been a general surgeon in Hawai‘i for nearly 30 years and also served....
Bishop Cosmo Hirai does three pours with three prayers. On the first pour, we pray for world peace; on the second, we pray for our ancestors; and the third, we create our own prayer. (Photo courtesy Todaiji Hawaii  Bekkaku Honzan)

Hanamatsuri – Essays on Hanamatsuri in an Age of COVID-19

Editor’s note: This year the local Buddhist temples will not hold Hanamatsuri services due to COVID-19. Twenty-nine-year-old Bishop Cosmo Hirai brings a young new perspective to the community. We have also added two previously published essays by Rev. David Fujimoto and Bishop Chishin Hirai because they provide insight relevant to the current struggles of the....
Sally Kageyama, Janet Ito and Zina Nagamine show off the fresh andagi for sale.

In Our Community – Drive-Thru Chicken Sale at Jikoen!

[caption id="attachment_20620" align="alignnone" width="696"] Jikoen Hongwanji Mission held the first of its twice-yearly barbecue chicken benefit sales on Feb. 15. After many years of having supporters park and come in to pick up their orders, temple members got innovative last year and introduced a drive-thru line with temple volunteers bringing the purchaser’s order out to....

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