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Community Focus – Culture Award Nominees Sought For Japanese Cultural Society of Maui

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Awards, or Japanese culture awards. Winners will be honored at the organization’s shinnen enkai dinner on Jan. 27, 2018, at the Maui Beach Hotel.
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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....
Hanamatsuri is a time when Buddhists of all denominations come together to celebrate the birth of the Buddha. This year’s celebration will be held Sunday, April 1, at the Soto Mission of Hawaii on Nu‘uanu Avenue.

Hanamatsuri 2018 – Buddha Day Celebration Set for April 1

Hawaii Buddhist Council Also Plan Joint Gannenmono Memorial Service Bishop Chishin Hirai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Hawaii Buddhist Council invites you to join our Buddha Day celebration on Sunday, April 1, which we are combining with a Gannenmono Memorial Service to express our joy, gratitude and respect on this, the 150th anniversary of....
Photo of Lion Dance at the Okinawan Festival

2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
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.....
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....
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....
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....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – More Than Half

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake Columnist’s 46th Birthday Sparks a Reality Check “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake I don’t know why it is,....

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