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...
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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2017 Okinawan Festival – Countdown on to the 35th Okinawan Festival!

Okinawan Festival Returning to Kapi‘olani Park Labor Day Weekend After cancelling last year’s Okinawan Festival just days before the signature summer event was set to open, citing safety concerns over an approaching hurricane, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2,000-plus volunteers will be out in force “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday,....

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...
Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts will perform at 9:50 am on Sunday (Photo courtesy HOCA)

2017 Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, AND LOTS MORE!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 2017  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Toma Toyoko Sokyoku Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Chieko Miyasato Sokyoku Kai 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU KOTEN....
Image of Phoebe McNally's Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome 2017, Year of The Rooster!

The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries of the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of....
Mochi topped with ikura.

Oshogatsu – New Life for Your Leftover Mochi

Editor’s note: It’s the fifth day of the new year and every time you open your frig, those trays of glutinous white rice cakes — mochi — are staring you in the eye. “Ahhhhh, I ordered too much,” you say to yourself. “What am I going to do with all this mochi? I’m going to....

Review – A Powerful “Allegiance”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Because I am a writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and an Okinawan performing artist, people might think that I’m the type of mother who forces my two sons, 14-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Cameron, to attend or participate in Japanese and Okinawan cultural activities. Actually, I rarely do. I try to encourage....
The Gannenmono descendants during the “Talk Story” session. They were (from left): Carol Kondo, yonsei descendant of Bunkichi Murata; Ruth Izawa, sansei descendant of Yonekichi Sakuma; Haunani Jo-quin, fifth-generation descendant of Sentarö Ishii; Keone Cook, yonsei descendant, and Cathy West Dale, fifth-generation descendant of Matsugorö Kuwata (nicknamed “‘Umi‘umi-matsu” — ‘umi‘umi is Hawaiian language for beard, whiskers); and Gwen Sanchez, yonsei descendant, and Lily Kahele-lani Lyons, fifth-generation descendant of Tokujiro Sato.

Lead Story – Gannenmono Perspectives

The Gannenmono’s Legacy is Considered 150 Years After Their Arrival Jodie Chiemi Ching Insight into the history of one of Hawai‘i’s most visible ethnic groups — the Japanese — took a giant step forward last week with the events commemorating 150 years since the first group of immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i from Japan. The approximately....
Students greet their sensei at beginning of class. From left: Ai vanDeventer, Aya Okimoto, Yuu vanDeventer, Jamelyn Tomori, Cora Saito, and Kenjiro Otake.

Lead Story – Chado, the Next Generation

Young Students Learn to Be Mindful In A Fast-Moving World Jodie Chiemi Ching The tradition of Chadö, or the Way of Tea, is a practice of cultivating harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. These are universal principles that can help ease some of the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last fall, I visited a children’s....

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