The kabuki play, “Renjishi,” is the story of the white-haired father shishi (mystical lion) and his two red-haired shishi cubs. The opening of the play is told through a dance with puppets. From left: Fukunosuke Nakamura, Shikan Nakamura (front) and Hashinosuke Nakamura. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

Culture – Kabuki in Hawaii 2019: “Subarashikatta Ne!”

[caption id="attachment_17679" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The kabuki play, “Renjishi,” is the story of the white-haired father shishi (mystical lion) and his two red-haired shishi cubs. The opening of the play is told through a dance with puppets. From left: Fukunosuke Nakamura, Shikan Nakamura (front) and Hashinosuke Nakamura. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)[/caption] See all photos from this....
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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Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....
Drawing by Chloe Machida for Year of the Boar Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome to the “Year of the Boar” (part I)

The artwork on the next three pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of Japanese. It is a statewide competition for students learning Japanese language and is open to elementary, middle, high school and college students whose teachers are HATJ....
Dr. Amy Starecheski, director of Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program, leads a half-day workshop as part of UH Mänoa’s Center for Oral History relaunch event. (Photos courtesy UH Center for Oral History)

History – Connecting Past, Present, and Future

Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Oral History on the Mänoa campus is open for business once again, and longtime Ethnic Studies Professor Davianna Pömaika‘ºi McGregor has stepped up to serve as the center’s new director. McGregor was among the early supporters of the Ethnic Studies Oral....
Jodie Ching practices with Chikako Shimamura-Sensei. (Photo by June Uyeunten)

Lead Story – My Yushu-Sho Journey

Mission Accomplished, Thanks to My Big Village Jodie Chiemi Ching It was about a year ago that I decided to take on the challenge of earning my Yüshü-shö certification in classical Okinawan uta-sanshin, the art of singing and playing the three-stringed sanshin instrument simultaneously. Yüshü-shö is the second of three major certifications — Shinjin-shö being....

Lead Story – Okinawan Festival, Still Thinking Big

Hawai‘i’s Largest Ethnic Festival is Moving to the Hawai‘i Convention Center Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The birth of the state’s largest ethnic festival — the Okinawan Festival — on Labor Day weekend can be traced to 1980 and a concerted effort by a group of Sansei Uchinanchu leaders to perpetuate and share....
Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
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....
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....

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