Bon dance festival 2019 at Hawaii's Plantation Village. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

Community – Ever-Evolving 2020 Statewide Obon Schedule

Around mid-April, The Hawai‘i Herald starts calling Japanese Buddhist temples and community organizations across the state. And this issue would normally include a four-page pull-out section filled with information including Hatsubon and obon services, Töro nagashi (lantern floating) and bon dance festivals. Regretfully, this is the first summer in decades that the schedule seems up....
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

2021 Virtual Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, FEAST AND MORE!

For the second year in a row, the Okinawan Festival will be brought to you from the comfort of your own home on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 2-5 p.m. Free...
Drawing by Kaya Smith for Year of the Boar Nengajo

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

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Unglazed tea bowls were available for purchase for $15.

In Our Community – Hands on Raku

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2022 Okinawan Festival – WHAT A FEAST!

The 3rd Annual Okinawan FEASTival!  2022 Okinawan FEASTival Specials  Support our Okinawan-owned restaurants and food-related businesses from Monday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Sept. 19. Visit the Okinawan FEASTival website (hawaiiokinawans.com) for a breakdown of which restaurants...
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Nengajo (continued)

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JCAH “Bunka no Hi” “Cultural Treasures” (from left) Akiko Masuda, Takayoshi Kanda and Ronald Takeya are pictured with former Gov. George Ariyoshi (behind) and Japanese Community Association of Hawaii president Ivan Nakano (far right). (Photos by Laurie Higashi)

Community Focus – Three Cultural Treasures Honored at JCAH “Bunka No HI”

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, honored three “cultural treasures” at its biennial “Bunka no Hi,” or Japanese Culture Day program, on Nov. 18 at the Sangha Hall. The event was themed “Okage Sama De,” an often-used Japanese phrase of gratitude meaning “I am what I am because of you.” Honored as....
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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Annual Mochi Pounding in Wailea Village

WHO/WHAT: Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast will celebrate its 21st annual mochi pounding with special gratitude for having survived Hurricane Lane earlier this year. Thanks to the TLC of many generous hands, repairs to...

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