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UJSH: 61st Annual Shinnen Enkai

WHO/WHAT: The United Japanese Society of Hawaii will hold its 61st annual shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet). UJSH will recognize the recipients of the 2019 imperial decorations by the government of Japan — Dr. Robert...
Children playing taiko drums at a New Year's Ohana Festival

New Year’s Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the “Year of the Rat” with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year’s traditions. Enjoy delicious food and a...
The mochi-shaping crew takes a break to pose for a group shot. (Photo courtesy Akiko’s B&B)

Community Focus – Wailea Village Mochi Pounding Set for Dec. 28

Hawai‘i Island’s much-anticipated Wailea Village Mochi Pounding will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Akiko’s Buddhist B&B in Hakalau (15 mile marker) along the Hämäkua Coast. The community mochi pounding that attracts residents and visitors alike is in its 22nd year. A short film on the event by....
Robert Benson-Sensei with his apprentice — and son — Nickolas working in the traditional dai work area. (Photos by Dan Nakasone)

Lead Story – Romancing the Stone

The Fine Art of Polishing a Japanese Sword Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I’m a big fan of PBS Hawai‘i and many of its programs. Among my favorites are: “Finding Your Roots,” “Independent Lens,” “Nature,” “Nova” and “Antiques Roadshow.” On “Antiques Roadshow,” which airs Monday nights, I’ve seen people bring in their Civil....
Kailua High School students (from left) Luke Tobias, Skye Simbahon and David Valaderes wearing yukata kimono for the first time. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

In Our Community – JASH Presents “Japan Day”

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Ryler Nielsen and his wife Lauren at Manzamo, located on the western coast of Okinawa island, facing the East China Sea. Manzamo is a breezy, grassy area said to be able to seat 10,000 people. The newlyweds visited Okinawa last year. (Photos courtesy Ryler Nielsen)

Profile – The Red-Headed Uchinanchu-At-Heart

Ryler Nielsen Carries Okinawa in His Heart Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In his dream, Ryler Nielsen is walking through the winding streets of the neighborhoods of his youth in Chatan and Yomitan on the island of Okinawa, surrounded by old friends and familiar landmarks. Nothing has changed, and yet, everything is even....
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Cultural Fusion 2019

WHO/WHAT: Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Hawaii Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo presents this holiday fundraising event, featuring Okinawan music and dance, food and drinks, a kachashi dance contest and silent auction. A variety of prizes...
Consul General of Japan, Koichi Ito, and his wife, Misako Ito, give thanks and receive blessings as they pray at the altar with Rev. Akihiro Okada of the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.

Community Focus – UJSH Celebrates its 20th Tsukimi No Kai

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its 20th annual “Tsukimi no Kai,” or moon-viewing celebration, on Oct. 15, on the rooftop of Bakery & Table. This year’s event was co-chaired by UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba and past president Dean Asahina. Highlights of the event included a blessing, tea ceremony, haiku contest and bon....
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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Chef Chai Chaowasaree plating his dish – shoyu and Kuba Awamori-braised pork belly in a steamed bun with cucumber namasu (Japanese pickles) and scallions. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

In Our Community – “Karii! Awamori Experience”

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