Kailua High School students (from left) Luke Tobias, Skye Simbahon and David Valaderes wearing yukata kimono for the first time. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

In Our Community – JASH Presents “Japan Day”

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Ryler Nielsen and his wife Lauren at Manzamo, located on the western coast of Okinawa island, facing the East China Sea. Manzamo is a breezy, grassy area said to be able to seat 10,000 people. The newlyweds visited Okinawa last year. (Photos courtesy Ryler Nielsen)

Profile – The Red-Headed Uchinanchu-At-Heart

Ryler Nielsen Carries Okinawa in His Heart Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In his dream, Ryler Nielsen is walking through the winding streets of the neighborhoods of his youth in Chatan and Yomitan on the island of Okinawa, surrounded by old friends and familiar landmarks. Nothing has changed, and yet, everything is even....
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Cultural Fusion 2019

WHO/WHAT: Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Hawaii Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo presents this holiday fundraising event, featuring Okinawan music and dance, food and drinks, a kachashi dance contest and silent auction. A variety of prizes...
Consul General of Japan, Koichi Ito, and his wife, Misako Ito, give thanks and receive blessings as they pray at the altar with Rev. Akihiro Okada of the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.

Community Focus – UJSH Celebrates its 20th Tsukimi No Kai

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its 20th annual “Tsukimi no Kai,” or moon-viewing celebration, on Oct. 15, on the rooftop of Bakery & Table. This year’s event was co-chaired by UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba and past president Dean Asahina. Highlights of the event included a blessing, tea ceremony, haiku contest and bon....
Five-year-old Cummins Chong-Kee tames the shishi (lion) while Amy Shinsato, Terry Higa-Sensei (obscured), Lori Shinsato, Norman Kaneshiro-Sensei and George Fujita performed music to assist him. Inside the shishi’s costume are brothers Aukai Joy and Kuakini Joy.

In Our Community – Maui Okinawan Festival

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Chef Chai Chaowasaree plating his dish – shoyu and Kuba Awamori-braised pork belly in a steamed bun with cucumber namasu (Japanese pickles) and scallions. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

In Our Community – “Karii! Awamori Experience”

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Unglazed tea bowls were available for purchase for $15.

In Our Community – Hands on Raku

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Learn to Play “Hanafuda: Na Pua Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Learn how to play “Hanafuda: Nä Pua Hawai’i,” a card game that depicts plants and animals either endemic to Hawai’i or were introduced via canoes in early Polynesian migrations. As participants play with...
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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