The Nakasone ‘ohana’s 35th and final reunion was held July 6 at the Wahiawa Hongwanji social hall. It brought out 132 family members, plus friends and extended ‘ohana. The Nakasone family, which is still largely home-based in Central O‘ahu, is now five generations strong in Hawai‘i. (Photo by Steve Nohara)

Lead Story – From Yaaninju to Ohana

Why Family Reunions Matter Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I meet people from Wahiawä for the first time, they usually ask me whether I’m related to so-and-so Nakasone. My answer is usually yes, because virtually all of the Nakasones in Wahiawä are related. Believe me, there’s a lot of us! Longtime Wahiawä....
Smile and say “Andagi!” It’s everyone’s Okinawan Festival favorite.

2019 Okinawan Festival – “The Festival” and “The Mura”

Last year, the leadership and member-clubs of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association took a leap into the unknown and moved the Okinawan Festival from Kapi‘olani Park to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was an experimental year for the state’s largest ethnic festival. It proved to be a good move as it had an estimated 56,000....
Paranku Clubs of Hawaii member Pat Davidson with the Hawaii United Okinawa Association club banners behind her. (Photo by Cora Hiranaka)

2019 Okinawan Festival – Music, Odori, Taiko, Karate, and More!

SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2019  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Toyoko Toma Sokyo Kai Kazuko Ito...
Happy Birthday to Sensei! After their memorable Carnegie Hall performance, Choichi Kai students, friends and family packed Bucca Di Beppo at Times Square to celebrate Choichi Terukina-Sensei’s 88th birthday.

Celebrating Culture – The Road to “Tobe! UTA Sanshin in NY”

A Birthday Celebration for Choichi Terukina-Sensei That We Will All Remember Kenton Odo Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The dream of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City dates all the way back to 2003 when OTV (Okinawa Television) host Shinichi Maehara interviewed me for an episode of his series, “Sekai Uchinanchu Kiko (Worldwide....
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa shared a batch of nattö he had prepared 10 days earlier with his Hawai‘i nattö lecture audience. (Photos by Jackie Kojima)

Lead Story – Let’s Talk Natto

The Fermented Soybean Has a Fan Club in Hawai‘i! Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Eien Hunter-Ishikawa begins each morning with a cup of hot home-roasted coffee, two pieces of homemade toast drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a most unlikely topping: a heaping scoop of freshly made nattō — yes, those pungent....
Nanako Numazaki (far right) hamming it up with friends.

Community – Nanako’s Gift of Kansha

Fukushima Earthquake Survivor Says, “Thank You Hawai‘i” Jodie Chiemi Ching “On March 14, (2011) Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz convened a meeting of local Japanese American groups, businesses, media outlets and financial institutions to launch an ‘Aloha for Japan’ fund drive to provide disaster assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.” It was one....
Diehard bon dance enthusiasts got an early start on the evening, dancing to recorded music before the sun had set and the live musicians had arrived.

In Our Community – Haleiwa Jodo Mission Obon Festival

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Taketa and Miya Asato’s great-grandchildren — Kimo Kim Han, Chris Hanai-Wills, Cally Kim Han and Keith Yamaguchi — tossing their nets to catch crab on the new and wide pier.

Memories – The Wonderland

A Sansei Reflects On a Magical Time and Place Aileen Hanai-Wills Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Fields of sugar cane lined the rural road that led to their home. As we traveled deeper along the route, it felt like we were being swallowed up among the tall stalks with their fluffy tassels. Suddenly, the road turned....
Inoue’s presentation, “2019: The Year of Movement,” was held at the Honolulu Club this past February. The attendees listened intently to prepare for the rapidly changing world, as explained by Inoue.

Lead Story – Life-Guide Alice Inoue’s Midyear Update

A Year for “Safe Risk-Taking” Jodie Chiemi Ching It’s already the middle of 2019! Here at The Hawai‘i Herald, time is flying by so quickly. So much has happened in the local Japanese American community: Hawai‘i was treated to an unforgettable kabuki performance from Japan; the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the Hawaii United....
'Natsuzora.'

NGN3 August Movie Schedule (part I)

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 Midnight – Sword in the Moonlight Part 2 1:50 a.m. – Yakuza Princess of Edo 3:20 a.m. – The Killing Game 5 a.m. – The Prickly Mouthed Geisha 3 6:20 a.m. – Ooka Seidan: Devil Image 7:50 a.m. – Code Between Brothers 2 9:20 a.m. – Kabamaru the Ninja Boy 11 a.m. – Samurai Vagabonds 12:20....

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