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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...
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride, A Family Saga”

HISTORICAL FICTION BY Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 150 “You ought to angle a story about all the Japs working in the steel mill,” the finger-in-the-air lieutenant was telling Pafko. “Now they’re manufacturing sugar mill equipment, selling most of their production to Cuba and the Caribbean Islands. We’ll need to convert the mill to fabricating replacement....
Drawing featuring Dennis Fujitake as a comic

8•0•8

8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi in a group photo with the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai’s 2019 officers and directors.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Welcomes “Year of the Boar”

The Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai welcomed the “Year of the Boar” at its annual general membership meeting and shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 10. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his wife Misako. President Keith Sakuda....
Photo of miscellaneous fabric and materials for sewers and crafters to create with

“14the Bolts of Fabric & Fun”

WHO/WHAT: A celebration of textiles and a fundraiser for TEMARI Hawaii. Artists and crafters clear out their workrooms and sell those precious items at “Bolts,” where the Japanese immigrant principle of mottainai, don’t waste,...
Photo of Dr. Samuel Yamashita

The “Japanese Turn” in U.S. Fine Dining

WHO/WHAT: Pomona College history professor and Kailua native Dr. Samuel Yamashita talks about the marriage of French and Japanese cuisine. The movement began in the 1970s when Japanese chefs began training with nouvelle cuisine...
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....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Professor Hirotaka Arai leads the Hakuoh University Handbell Choir playing their numerous handbells.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Performs in Hawaii

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir shared its amazing handbell music at a friendship luncheon hosted by Hakuoh vice president and board chair Joji Kamioka on Feb. 19 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The choir also presented free concerts at Central Union Church, Windward Community College and Leeward Community College.
Rev. Paul Osumi

Today’s Thought

By Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission “Give me a good digestion, Lord, and also something to digest; Give me a healthy body, Lord, with a sense to keep it at its best; Give me...

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