Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s 2018-2019 officers (on stage) and directors.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates Gannenmono at Annual Meeting

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation held its annual general membership meeting and luncheon on July 29 at the Waialae Country Club. President Cathy Iwai said she enjoyed representing JWSF at so many events during the past year. The various events afforded Iwai and all of the members who participated in them an opportunity to learn....
Allison Arakawa Sears performing “Bashofu” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Musical Classic – “Bashofu” – Taking Us Home

The “Bashofu” Story Has Roots in Hawai‘i and Okinawa Jodie Chiemi Ching Umi no ao sa ni, sora no ao . . . (Deep emerald hues of the sea, the radiant blue hues in the sky . . .) For many Uchinanchu around the world, just hearing the first line of the song “Bashofu” triggers....
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8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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HUOA Autumn Dance Matsuri

WHO/WHAT: Every year, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association holds its “Autumn Dance Matsuri.” The indoor bon dance is the last dance of the obon season. Traditional Okinawan numbers are combined with time-honored and contemporary...
Radio Okinawa’s 2017 Miuta Taisho Winner: Airi Ishimine performs on Sunday.

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

Karleen Chinen This year’s Okinawan Festival is truly a gutsy endeavor — as was the move to Kapi‘olani Park back in 1990. No one knew for certain whether it would take. Or flop. But as most of us know, if we don’t try, we’ll never know. And that is why the leadership and member-clubs of....
The Yuibuyou Yomitan Group Ashibi members practice their shaka after dance practice. Okinawa-Hawaii Kyoukai member Masaji Matsuda is kneeling in the first row, far right. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Dancers Gear Up for Okinawan Festival

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 LET’S DANCE! Last month, my good friend and fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyoukai member....
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Real Possibilities – Discover a Lei of Parks

REAL POSSIBILITIES BY Barbara Kim Stanton
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NGN3 September Movie Schedule (Part 1)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 Midnight - The Deep Blue Sea 1:30 a.m. - Official with a Tattoo 3:10 a.m. - Dragon Showdown 4:40 a.m. - The Second Bullet is Marked 6:10 a.m. - The Mysterious Cape 7:40 a.m. - Noble Tasuke 9:10 a.m. - The Seven Vows Part 3 10:30 a.m. - Fighting Disposition Noon -....
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Estate Planning – “Undue Influence” and Other Will Problems

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura In previous columns, I have addressed the subject of financial abuse of the elderly. This usually involves outright stealing or fraud. However, there is another form of financial abuse that is subtler, harder to identify and often doesn’t show up until after the beloved family member has passed....

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