Rimi Natsukawa of her concert last year in Hawai‘i: “At that time, the feeling of Hawai‘i was so welcoming, I strongly felt that I would like to come back again. Then came an opportunity to sing at the Okinawan Festival!” (Photo by Jon Itomura)

Lead Story – Rimi Natsukawa to Headline Okinawan Festival

The Okinawan Songbird’s Performance Set for Sunday, Sept. 3 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Japanese characters for Rimi Natsukawa’s family name mean “summer river.” How else could you describe the pure and magical flow of Natsukawa’s voice? The songbird whose recording of “Nada Sousou,” the signature tune from the heartbreaking 2006....
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“Kafu (Genealogy) in Okinawa”

WHO/WHAT: An overview of Okinawan genealogy by Professor Masayuki Dana, director of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. Professor Dana will explain the characteristics of Okinawan genealogy using, as a sample, the kafu,...
Photo from the “Kagurame.”

NGN3 September Movie Schedule (Part II)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 1:10 a.m. – Goblin in Stirrups 2:40 a.m. – The Prickly Mouthed Geisha 3 4 a.m. – Drunken Sword 5:40 a.m. – Portrait of Castle Women 7:20 a.m. – Excursion to Treasure Isle 8:50 a.m. – Drunken Sword 10:30 a.m. – Pale Moon 12:40 p.m. – Road of Chivalry 2:20 p.m. – Snake....
Photo of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki

An Evening of Edo Sato Kagura

WHO/WHAT: Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii, the East-West Center Arts Program and Taiko Arts Center present a free performance of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki. Suzuki is...
Rev. Paul Osumi

Today’s Thought

By Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission Our Turn Almost every day we read of the death of someone we know. We are prompted to reflect, “Will my life be similarly cut short?” We all tend...
Photo from “Kagurame.”

NGN3 September Movie Schedule (Part I)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 Midnight – Portrait of Castle Women 1:40 a.m. – Excursion to Treasure Isle 3:10 a.m. – Clan Revival, Part 3 4:10 a.m. – Cruel Tale of Bushido 6:20 a.m. – House on Fire 8:40 a.m. – Seven Knights, Part 1 9:40 a.m. – Goblin in Stirrups 11:10 a.m. – The Valiant Red Peony....
Photo of Lion Dance at the Okinawan Festival

2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
Group photo of Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and participants in the Hiroshima International Youth Exchange Program

Spotlight – Hiroshima Governor Joins East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 8 and 9 with members and special guests from Hiroshima Prefecture in attendance, including Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Assembly Chairman Shin Uda, and delegation leader and Assembly member Masao Hayashi. The delegation’s visit included participation in an anniversary dinner; a tree planting ceremony at Lili‘uokalani....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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Dialogue – Celebrating “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha”

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen This annual Okinawan Festival edition is one of our favorites to produce each year. It’s a lot of work, but always fulfilling, because the Okinawan Festival is one of the finest examples of a community’s efforts to keep their cultural heritage alive and thriving and sharing it with everyone. We thank....

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