Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
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....
Promo for David Gaines' original rendition of director, Akira Kurosawa's epic 'Seven Samurai'

HTY Presents One Performance of “7 (x1) Samurai”

WHO/WHAT: David Gaines’ original one-person rendition of director Akira Kurosawa’s epic “Seven Samurai.” “7 (x1) Samurai” — pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai” — is a mixture of mime, storytelling and clowning in this recreation of...
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....

Dialogue – Deishi No Tame Ni

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen Commentary Most of us are familiar with the Japanese phrase, “Kodomo no tame ni,” meaning “for the sake of our/the children.” It usually refers to generational sacrifice: The Issei endured backbreaking labor in Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations and pineapple fields so they could give their American-born Nisei children a better life. The....
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....
Ipo Kanaka‘ole recalled visiting the Family History Library at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and finding her great-grandfather in a book that fell from a shelf. “The book wen’ open. There was my great-grandfather Sentaro Ishii,” she said.

Maui Gannenmono – A Maui Descendant Celebrates Her Gannenmono Roots

Maui Became Home for Several Gannenmono Melissa Tanji Special to the Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: The following story is a re-edited version of Maui News reporter Melissa Tanji’s story on Maui’s Gannenmono commemoration, which was published in the newspaper’s April 29, 2018, edition. Special mahalo to Melissa and Maui News managing editor Lee Imada for....
Hanamatsuri celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in the Lumbini Garden in India over 2,600 years ago. This photo from the 2016 Hanamatsuri service at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin was shot by Alan Kubota.

Hanamatsuri – Supporting One Another

Rev. David Nakamoto Published with Permission Editor’s note: The Rev. David Nakamoto, retired minister of the Kailua Hongwanji Mission, presented the following talk at a Hanamatsuri program at Kailua Hongwanji in April 2013. Hanamatsuri celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the historical Shakyamuni Buddha over 2,600 years ago in the Lumbini Garden in....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

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Drawing by Katelyn Higashiya for Year of the Boar Nengajo

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

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