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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Unglazed tea bowls were available for purchase for $15.

In Our Community – Hands on Raku

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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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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...
Happy Birthday to Sensei! After their memorable Carnegie Hall performance, Choichi Kai students, friends and family packed Bucca Di Beppo at Times Square to celebrate Choichi Terukina-Sensei’s 88th birthday.

Celebrating Culture – The Road to “Tobe! UTA Sanshin in NY”

A Birthday Celebration for Choichi Terukina-Sensei That We Will All Remember Kenton Odo Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The dream of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City dates all the way back to 2003 when OTV (Okinawa Television) host Shinichi Maehara interviewed me for an episode of his series, “Sekai Uchinanchu Kiko (Worldwide....
Nanako Numazaki (far right) hamming it up with friends.

Community – Nanako’s Gift of Kansha

Fukushima Earthquake Survivor Says, “Thank You Hawai‘i” Jodie Chiemi Ching “On March 14, (2011) Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz convened a meeting of local Japanese American groups, businesses, media outlets and financial institutions to launch an ‘Aloha for Japan’ fund drive to provide disaster assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.” It was one....
Diehard bon dance enthusiasts got an early start on the evening, dancing to recorded music before the sun had set and the live musicians had arrived.

In Our Community – Haleiwa Jodo Mission Obon Festival

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Smaller fashion statement items are stored in this showcase: bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and little zipper pouches.

Culture and Arts – Heritage and Aloha at Kimura Lauhala Shop

The Kona Shop Has Been Keeping a Hawaiian Tradition Alive for 105 Years Jodie Chiemi Ching “Put your hands into the soil, it’s good for your soul; you get back to where life begins,” said Renee Kimura, the fourth-generation owner and manager of Kimura Lauhala Shop in Kona. Here, the natural scent of the lauhala,....
Hawaii Eisa Shinyu Kai taiko drummers in full swing.

Community – Bon Dance Season Kicks Off in Waipahu

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