Photo of the three sister courts gathering for a group photo while attending the 76th Nisei Week coronation in Los Angeles.

Cherry Blossom Festival Special – Queen Interview

Alexis Sayuri Okihara 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Looks Forward to Sharing Knowledge with Future Generations Gwen Battad Ishikawa It is fitting that kansha (gratitude) was the theme of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival, because kansha is what Queen Alexis Okihara has felt for the past year. “They [Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, who....
A portrait of Queen Lili‘uokalani, adorned with strands of crown flower, her majesty’s favorite blossom, rests on an easel at the front of the temple as Honpa Hongwanji ministers chant. (Photos by Kristen Nemoto Jay)

Lead Story – Queen Lili‘uokalani Honored at Honpa Hongwanji

The Queen’s May 1901 Visit to Hongwanji Temple is Remembered and Celebrated Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This past Nov. 11 marked 100 years since the passing of Hawai‘i’s last reigning monarch, the beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani. The anniversary of her passing and the legacy she left in stories, her music, and in....

Ready…Set…Tobe!

Jodie Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald TOBE! . . . FLY! Choichi Terukina-Sensei, a National Living Treasure of Japan in the Afuso style of Okinawan uta sanshin (singing and playing sanshin simultaneously), has always believed in...

Cultural Tent – “Shīsā”

The Hui O Laulima women’s group is once again organizing the festival’s Cultural Tent, with Tina Kaneshiro and Laura Ajimine serving as co-chairs. The group selected “Shīsā” as the theme for this year’s Cultural...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 1 of 4)

Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, post baccalaureate certification in special education, 2016. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Kokoro is a reminder for me to remain present and connected in a constantly changing....

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....

2014 Okinawan Festival

Saturday's Program | Sunday's Program Cultural Tent | Festival Favorites 9 a.m. KILAUEA OKINAWA DANCE CLUB Toshiko Neumann, Leader 9:15 a.m. NUUANU OKINAWA SHORIN-RYU / SHINDEN-RYU KARATE ASSOCIATION Mitchel Shimamura, Sensei 9:40 a.m. HAWAII OKINAWA CREATIVE ARTS Jon Itomura, President, and Eric Nitta, Vice President 10:10 a.m. HUOA...

Okinawan Festival Favorites

ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: It’s called ashitibichi in Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language). Pieces of pig’s feet are cooked in a soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (turnip), togan (squash) and mustard cabbage and...

Book on “Sugihara Survivors” Published in English

TÖKYÖ — A former official of the Japan National Tourism Organization has released an English-language version of his research on the wartime escape of Jews from Nazi persecution via Japan. Akira Kitade, 70, published his...
Photo of the students visiting with Bishop Shugen Komagata of the Soto Mission of Hawaii at the main temple in Nu‘uanu

Community – A Whole New World

Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community has come a long way since 1903 when Soto Zen priests first arrived in the Islands to provide spiritual support to the immigrants working under harsh conditions on the sugar plantations. When World War....

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