Lead Story – Okinawan Festival, Still Thinking Big

Hawai‘i’s Largest Ethnic Festival is Moving to the Hawai‘i Convention Center Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The birth of the state’s largest ethnic festival — the Okinawan Festival — on Labor Day weekend can be traced to 1980 and a concerted effort by a group of Sansei Uchinanchu leaders to perpetuate and share....

Spotlight – Grant Murata Will Say “Thank You” with Concert

When Clarence and Judith Murata adopted their infant son in 1962, they never imagined that he would grow up to become a leader in the field of Okinawan music in Hawai‘i through uta-sanshin —...
This 1948 photo shows Seiko Komesu with his Chester White. Komesu, now a healthy 94, was among the 15 Ginowan farmers who entered a lottery to receive a pig. Inset: Seiko Komesu recently at age 94. (Photo courtesy Dan Nakasone)

History – Aloha from Hawaii to Okinawa

Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was noon on Sept. 27, 1948, when the USS John Owen made landfall at White Beach, the U.S. naval facility on the eastern coast of Okinawa island, near the tip of Katsuren peninsula. Onboard the ship was a precious cargo of 536 pigs that had survived the....
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Kaneohe Music Festival

WHO/WHAT: Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji Mission will hold a music festival featuring live performances by the Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji Band, City Boys, Ten Feet and more. The festival will also feature songs by the temple’s...
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Today’s Thought

by Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission BROTHERHOOD We often talk glibly about “building bridges of understanding” around the world. However, brotherhood ought to begin at home on a person-to-person basis. We must cultivate friendships with...
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8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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CULTURE 4KIDS! By Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurasaki Kubota To learn how you can create this issue’s craft or featured activity, please click below to subscribe to our online subscription or complete and submit a form here to subscribe to our print edition.
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....
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Fire & Rice Waikiki

WHO/WHAT: Join Eating House 1849 on a cultural journey celebrating 150 years of Japanese heritage in Hawai‘i. Executive Chef Randy Bangloy and the Eating House 1849 team will partner with award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi...
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KBFD – Korean Programming

“Let Me Introduce Her,” premieres on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. A woman undergoes plastic surgery. Due to the after-effects of the surgery, she loses her memory. Kang-Woo Han, her plastic surgeon, helps her regain her memory. Meanwhile, Chan-Ki Kang is a news anchorman. He appears to be a warm-hearted person, but he has....

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