Allison Yanagi-Sensei (right) plays sanshin while her student Yukiko Pierce practices kücho during a recent lesson. (Photos courtesy Allison Yanagi)

Culture – “Aloha Den-On” To Debut New Ryukyuan Music School

Nomura Ryü Dentö Ongaku Kyökai Okinawa to Join Hawai‘i Concert Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to the Hawai‘i Herald More than 20 years ago, Bokuzen Kaneshiro presented his precious sanshin to his yonsei granddaughter, Allison Ya- nagi. It marked the beginning of her lifelong commitment to Okinawan performing arts. Today, Allison Yanagi — now Allison Yanagi-Sensei....
A proud Azuma Kikusue-Sensei (in the purple kimono) with her students following a dance performance. From left: Jan Hashizume, Melissa Morinishi, Erin Takekuma, Madison Doo, Hannah Kostka, Azuma Kikusue-Sensei, Skye Schumacher, Wayne Doliente, Mary Margaret Smith, Tracy Bauman and Mabel Antonio.

Culture – Keeping Japanese Dance Alive on Kauai!

A Rewarding Experience for Both Students and Teacher Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Wayne Doliente is proud to be 100 percent Filipino, but when he dons a sandogasa (yakuza hat) and döchü kappa (traveling cape), he dances with heart of a pure Japanese. Wayne has been studying Nihon buyö — classical Japanese dance....
Photo of Romi Beppu at the entrance to her new studio.

The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank of “principal dancer,” and she had toured the U.S. mainland, Europe and Japan with major international ballet companies.....
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....
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....
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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Nengajo (continued II)

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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...

Summer in Ōshima

By Loren Ke‘alaaumoe Fujitani | Special to The Hawai‘i Herald | It has been a year since I arrived here on the island of Suo-Öshima in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Although it doesn’t feel like a year has passed, the changing of the seasons tells me otherwise and I find the feelings and memories from last year....

Maui Matsuri: For The Sake Of The Keiki

“Dis wen happen long, long time ago in Japan,” she starts in a low voice as the sun begins to set over the West Maui Mountains. About 400 people from 8 to 80 years...

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