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In Our Community – Celebrating 45 Years of Kikaida i Hawaii!

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Lead Story – HIFF 39 Features 19-Plus Japanese Films

Anime, Drama, Suspense, Comedy, Documentaries and Much More Karleen Chinen If you wait every year with bated breath to see the lineup of Japanese films in the Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, you will not be disappointed with the selections in HIFF 39. The festival opens in Honolulu on Thursday, Nov. 7, and....
Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon) at this year’s Hawaii United Okinawa Association Okinawan Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Front row: Hayli, Adele and Kelsi; Middle row: Allison Yanagi and Aren Pai; Back row: Kathy Oshiro, Dennis Nishiguchi, Terry Higa of Hawaii Taiko Kai, Richie Yamashiroya, Lynn Miyashiro Masuda of Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii and Sara Nakatsu of Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai.

Community Focus – Nov. 24: “Uchinamun Family Variety Show”

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Hawai‘i chapters of Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon), a school of classical Ryukyu music, will present their first concert entitled, “Uchinamun Family Variety Show,” at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipahu. The performance will highlight the Hawai‘i members of....
The koto players performing in the Goudou Ensou Kai (from left): Courtney Takara, Kathy Shigemura, Kazuko Ito-Sensei, Grace Carmichael, Robbie Umeno, Kinuko Tamashiro and Diane Kawamoto. They were joined by other koto and sanshin players in the front row on the stage (from left): Zachary Oyafuso, Sarah Nakatsu (koto), Brandon Ing, Derek Fujio (koto), Seichi Yagi-Sensei and Lisa Sadaoka (koto).

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The melodic sounds of Okinawan koto and sanshin music filled the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 20 as the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association came together for their annual Gōdōu Ensōu Kai, or joint concert. The program....
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“Zen Ken Sho” Art Show and Sale

WHO/WHAT: The Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo will hold its annual art show and sale, “Zen Ken Sho.” This year, the show will feature the art and life of the late Jackson Morisawa, and...
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Kikaida 45th Anniversary in Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: It’s been 45 years since “Jinzo Ningen Kikaida” first appeared on television in Hawai‘i. Meet Hawai‘i’s favorite superhero, Kikaida, and the original Jiro — actor Ban Daisuke — and get a free autograph...
Tassho Pearce with the sake-making crew at Dewazakura Sake Brewery in Yamagata. (Photos courtesy Tassho Pearce)

Lead Story – Tassho Pearce’s Second Act

The Rap Veteran Sets His Sights on the Sake Industry Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tassho Pearce has been a household name in Hawai‘i hip-hop circles for more than a decade and a half. But over the last six years, Pearce has quietly been carving out a new reputation in the world of....
“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home.” (Photo courtesy Ai Iwane)

Community Focus – “Bon-UTA” Screening Set for Hawaii

“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home” will be screened on Maui at the Lahaina Jodo Mission on Saturday, Sept. 28, and on O‘ahu at the Doris Duke Theatre in the Honolulu Museum of Art on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.  This new documentary about several evacuees from the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture....
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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“Kansha” – Chinagu Eisa Hawaii Concert

WHO/WHAT: Chinagu Eisa Hawaii will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a concert titled “KANSHA,” featuring Okinawa’s Naha Daiko. Special guest performers also from Okinawa include music by Suguru Ikeda, and dance by Udui Haru.  WHEN/WHERE:...

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