Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko plant a rainbow shower tree at Thomas Square following a luncheon at the Honolulu Museum of Art hosted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his wife Donna Tanoue. The tree planting commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono's arrival in Hawaii in 1868.

Gannenmono – A Chance to “Reflect Upon the Relationships Between Japan and Hawaii”

Japan’s Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Reflect on Their Hawai‘i Gannenmono Visit Editor’s note: The following essay, written by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, was emailed to The Hawai‘i Herald and other news organizations by deputy consul general Takayuki Shinozawa of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. After returning to Japan, the couple....
The Gannenmono descendants during the “Talk Story” session. They were (from left): Carol Kondo, yonsei descendant of Bunkichi Murata; Ruth Izawa, sansei descendant of Yonekichi Sakuma; Haunani Jo-quin, fifth-generation descendant of Sentarö Ishii; Keone Cook, yonsei descendant, and Cathy West Dale, fifth-generation descendant of Matsugorö Kuwata (nicknamed “‘Umi‘umi-matsu” — ‘umi‘umi is Hawaiian language for beard, whiskers); and Gwen Sanchez, yonsei descendant, and Lily Kahele-lani Lyons, fifth-generation descendant of Tokujiro Sato.

Lead Story – Gannenmono Perspectives

The Gannenmono’s Legacy is Considered 150 Years After Their Arrival Jodie Chiemi Ching Insight into the history of one of Hawai‘i’s most visible ethnic groups — the Japanese — took a giant step forward last week with the events commemorating 150 years since the first group of immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i from Japan. The approximately....
Ipo Kanaka‘ole recalled visiting the Family History Library at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and finding her great-grandfather in a book that fell from a shelf. “The book wen’ open. There was my great-grandfather Sentaro Ishii,” she said.

Maui Gannenmono – A Maui Descendant Celebrates Her Gannenmono Roots

Maui Became Home for Several Gannenmono Melissa Tanji Special to the Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: The following story is a re-edited version of Maui News reporter Melissa Tanji’s story on Maui’s Gannenmono commemoration, which was published in the newspaper’s April 29, 2018, edition. Special mahalo to Melissa and Maui News managing editor Lee Imada for....
Nearly 60 descendants — third, fourth, fifth and even sixth generations — of Gannenmono Tokujiro Sasaki Sato gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to celebrate their Gannenmono roots. (Photo by Carole Hayashino)

Gannenmono Descendants – Danny Kamekona Traces Roots To Gannenmono

Arnold T. Hiura Reprinted from Nov. 1, 1985, Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: Had he not died unexpectedly in 1996 at the still-young age of 60, you can be sure that actor Danny Kamekona would have joined his huge ‘ohana at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to commemorate the arrival 150 years....
After arriving in Honolulu on June 4 for the Gannenmono 150th anniversary commemoration, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko paid their respects at the Gannenmono memorial at Makiki Cemetery. (Photo by Richard Borreca)

Gannenmono Literature – O.A. Bushnell Novels Captured Gannenmono Story

The 1970s Novels Brought Gannenmono History to Life Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was nearly 60 years ago that the late Hawai‘i writer, historian and scientist, O.A. “Ozzie” Bushnell was challenged by his wife, Elizabeth. As Bushnell’s son Andrew recalled in an interview, a bad play and the ensuing dare launched Bushnell’s literary....
Promo for David Gaines' original rendition of director, Akira Kurosawa's epic 'Seven Samurai'

HTY Presents One Performance of “7 (x1) Samurai”

WHO/WHAT: David Gaines’ original one-person rendition of director Akira Kurosawa’s epic “Seven Samurai.” “7 (x1) Samurai” — pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai” — is a mixture of mime, storytelling and clowning in this recreation of...
Promotion for 'Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita' for the Asia Pacific Dance Festival

Balinese Dance and Music at Asia Pacific Dance Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Asia Pacific Dance Festival will premiere “Ramayana: The Abduction of Sita,” an ancient Hindu epic told through Balinese dance and music. “Ramayana” is a collaboration between Gamelan Segara Madu of Honolulu and...
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi installed the 2018 officers and directors. He and wife Jean (far right) are pictured with newly installed president Keith Sakuda and outgoing president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Celebrates the “Year of the Dog”

Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 11 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. About 150 members and their families attended this year’s gathering. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife, Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito....
Hanamatsuri is a time when Buddhists of all denominations come together to celebrate the birth of the Buddha. This year’s celebration will be held Sunday, April 1, at the Soto Mission of Hawaii on Nu‘uanu Avenue.

Hanamatsuri 2018 – Buddha Day Celebration Set for April 1

Hawaii Buddhist Council Also Plan Joint Gannenmono Memorial Service Bishop Chishin Hirai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Hawaii Buddhist Council invites you to join our Buddha Day celebration on Sunday, April 1, which we are combining with a Gannenmono Memorial Service to express our joy, gratitude and respect on this, the 150th anniversary of....
Photos of Taiko drummers of Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

WHO/WHAT: Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko — the school’s student taiko group — and PBA’s faculty will present their annual taiko festival. ”Koi-Koi! — Let’s Go!” is the theme of this...

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