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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Culture and Science – Samuel Ohu Gon III, Master Chanter

Teaching the World a New Approach to Conservation Roy Kodani Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Samuel ‘Ohu Gon III, is a respected master Hawaiian chanter and a conservation biologist. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii recognized him as a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 2014 for his work in biocultural conservation — melding Hawaiian culture....

Culture – Okinawa’s First to Enter Keiki Hula Competition in Hawaii

Ishii Takes Fourth Place Jodie Chiemi Ching On July 25, Kainosuke Ishii of Ginowan, Okinawa took fourth place in the master’s division at the Queen Lili‘uokani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal S. Blaisedell Arena. It is the first time anyone from Okinawa has entered the Hawai‘i competition, although there have been participants from other....
Smile and say “Andagi!” It’s everyone’s Okinawan Festival favorite.

2019 Okinawan Festival – “The Festival” and “The Mura”

Last year, the leadership and member-clubs of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association took a leap into the unknown and moved the Okinawan Festival from Kapi‘olani Park to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was an experimental year for the state’s largest ethnic festival. It proved to be a good move as it had an estimated 56,000....
Paranku Clubs of Hawaii member Pat Davidson with the Hawaii United Okinawa Association club banners behind her. (Photo by Cora Hiranaka)

2019 Okinawan Festival – Music, Odori, Taiko, Karate, and More!

SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2019  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Toyoko Toma Sokyo Kai Kazuko Ito...

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