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....
Poster for screening 'And Then They Came for Us' - a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment

“And Then They Came for Us” Screening

WHO/WHAT: The screening of “And Then They Came for Us,” a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment are...
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“Echos of Uchina Deeku (Taiko) in Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko celebrates its 50th anniversary in Hawai‘i with an Okinawan taiko performance. Master instructor Terry Higa-Sensei has led Mitsufumi Taiko Kai of Hawaii since 1990. The performance also celebrates the auspicious...
'Tobe! UTA Sanshin New York Preview Performance'

“Tobe! UTA Sanshin” New York Preview Performance

WHO/WHAT: Carnegie Hall . . . Here they come! Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will present a preview performance of the Okinawan koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music and dance numbers they will perform...
Group 'On Ensemble', featuring: Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr.

“On Ensemble”: Contemporary Taiko

WHO/WHAT: On Ensemble, made up of Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr., will make its O‘ahu debut in a performance that infuses taiko with jazz, rock and Central Asian...
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.

JCCH Ohana Festival Offered Experiences Galore

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Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....
Columnist Colin Sewake, his wife Keiko and Malani at the Tökyö Billboard Live club in Roppongi in 2016.

My Hawaii – Memories of Malani

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake “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 The passing of Malani Bilyeu, one of Kalapana’s original members, came as....
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Spotlight – Kabuki Returning to Hawaii

Jodie Chiemi Ching For the first time in over 50 years, a presentation of Japanese kabuki will be staged in Hawai‘i. “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” is being presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival and the 150th anniversary of the 1868 arrival in Hawai‘i of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants....
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association perform together at their October Gödö Ensö Kai.

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

The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association held their annual Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert, in the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 21. The program featured classical Okinawan sanshin and koto music performed jointly and as solos.....

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