Pictured, from left: Honoree Wesley Deguchi with Nisei Veterans Legacy; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; honoree Dr. Mitchell Maki with the Go For Broke National Education Center; honoree Donna Tanoue; honoree Jake Shimabukuro; JCCH president Carole Hayashino; JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; honoree George Takei; honorees Deidre Tegarden and Brian Moto with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center; Claude Onizuka repesenting honoree, the Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Gov. David Ige.

Community – JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Honors Seven

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized four organizations and three individuals at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala dinner on June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Taiko master and previous “Sharing the Spirit” honoree Kenny Endo opened the event with an attention-catching taiko performance. JCCH board chair Christine Kubota....
Nisei Veterans Legacy member and story co-author Byrnes Yamashita (far left) at the exhibit’s opening in Hiroshima. Also pictured from Hawai‘i: Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission, George and Hiroko Arine and NVL president Wes Deguchi. (Photos courtesy NVL)

Community – “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy”

Photo Exhibit on Hawai‘i AJAs Connects in Japan Byrnes Yamashita and Jon Ishihara Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The photographic exhibit, “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy,” highlighting the story of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i and the experiences of Hawai‘i’s Japanese Americans from past to present recently wrapped up a successful tour of four cities in Japan,....
Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Food Bank, along side a young girl, storing bags of food on a flat bed

Lead Story – ” … My Turn to Give Back”

Hawaii Foodbank President Ron Mizutani Comes Full Circle Jodie Chiemi Ching This past April’s devastating floods forced residents of Kaua‘i’s North Shore to once again muster their inner strength and power through the crisis. It was almost a repeat of September 1992, when Hurricane ‘Iniki, a category 4 storm, came ashore on the Garden Island,....
Servco Foundation presents a check for $200,000 to Aloha United Way to launch the Hawaii Social Impact Project. From left: Rick Ching, Servco president/COO; Elizabeth McFarlane, AUW vice president for community impact; Norm Baker, AUW COO; and Mark Fukunaga, Servco chairman and CEO. (Photo courtesy Servco Pacific Inc.)

Spotlight – Servco and Aloha United Way Launch Hawaii Social Impact Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching In celebration of their centennial anniversaries, Aloha United Way and Servco Pacific Inc. are teaming up to honor their legacies of service to the community with a collaborative initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of Hawai‘i’s systemic and persistent social welfare issues. The initiative is titled the Hawaii Social Impact Project.....
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s new Hawaii Okinawa Plaza. (Photo by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – HUOA Opens Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

Hawaii Okinawa Plaza to Serve as Revenue Stream for the Hawaii United Okinawa Association Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is honoring its rich cultural heritage by ensuring that the organization will have a steady revenue stream to help keep Okinawan culture alive for generations to come. Their....

Community Focus – Faye Shigemura Installed as 2018-19 UJSH President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii installed its 2018-19 officers and directors on June 23 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The program began with the observance of a moment of silence in memory of deceased members, particularly longtime UJSH members Roy Tominaga, who served as 2007-08 president, and Joseph Muratsuchi. Onoe Kikunobukazu (Howard....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

JCCH Ohana Festival Offered Experiences Galore

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Dr. Sen enjoys time with friends at the banquet on July 20. From left: Urasenke supporters Kishichiro and Hidemi Amae, Masako Ito, Lynne Waihee, Donna Tanoue, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Consul General Koichi Ito, Dr. Sen, Jean Ariyoshi, former Gov. John Waihee, Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and his wife Gailynn and Deputy Consul General of Japan Takayuki Shinozawa.

Community Focus – Dr. Genshitsu Sen. Honors Gannenmono with Memorial Tea Ceremony

Urasenke grand tea master Dr. Genshitsu Sen honored the memory and contributions of the Gannenmono by performing a special kenchashiki tea ceremony at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on July 19. The hour-long ceremony opened with sutra chanting by Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and the Rev. Toyokazu Hagio, rimban....
Outgoing HJCC chair, Brian Nishida presents the chair’s gavel to his successor, Melanie Okazaki.

Community Focus – HJCC Inauguration & Generational Award Celebration

“Celebrating the Past, Honoring the Future” was the theme of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Inauguration and Generational Award Celebration, which was held July 18 in the Coral Ballroom on the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Large banners at the event declared the chamber’s mission: “Foster friendships, Connect B2B (business to business) and Mälama....

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