Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 3 of 4)

Kaelyn Sachiko Okuhata Parents: Kevin and Lori Okuhata High School: King Kekaulike High School (Hawai‘i Island), 2012 College/Degree/Year: Chapman University, bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in art studio, 2016 “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Last winter in the Colorado Rockies, I saw snowfall for the first....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
Drawing by Kaya Smith for Year of the Boar Nengajo

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

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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...
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....
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko plant a rainbow shower tree at Thomas Square following a luncheon at the Honolulu Museum of Art hosted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his wife Donna Tanoue. The tree planting commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono's arrival in Hawaii in 1868.

Gannenmono – A Chance to “Reflect Upon the Relationships Between Japan and Hawaii”

Japan’s Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Reflect on Their Hawai‘i Gannenmono Visit Editor’s note: The following essay, written by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, was emailed to The Hawai‘i Herald and other news organizations by deputy consul general Takayuki Shinozawa of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. After returning to Japan, the couple....

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