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2017 Okinawan Festival – Countdown on to the 35th Okinawan Festival!

Okinawan Festival Returning to Kapi‘olani Park Labor Day Weekend After cancelling last year’s Okinawan Festival just days before the signature summer event was set to open, citing safety concerns over an approaching hurricane, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2,000-plus volunteers will be out in force “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday,....
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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...
Akemi Martin-Sensei presents the senbazuru (1,000 origami cranes) to Takashi Ejiri, director of the Tourism Exchange Division for the Iwaki City Government, as the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii members (from left) Jonathan Loomis, Melissa Ching, Christine Kim, Katie Tokunaga, Nikka Kahalekulu-Nakama and Alex Au look on.

Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha … In Fukushima!

Melissa Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Was it destiny, or simply chance that led to the unexpected connection between our Okinawan eisä taiko group, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, and an Iwaki City high school hula group from Fukushima Prefecture? Last summer, Marian Moriguchi, who is involved with travel and tourism in Fukushima, arranged for....
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Eric Oto has been appointed chef de cuisine of Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Oto is now responsible for overseeing the culinary direction of the award-winning restaurant under the guidance of The Kahala’s executive chef, Wayne Hirabayashi. Oto has more than a decade of culinary experience. He most recently served as sous chef....
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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....
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8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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...
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My Furusato – Home IS Where the Heart Is

Grant Kagimoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Most people who know me through my company, Cane Haul Road, would probably assume I was born and raised in Hawai‘i. In response to the often-asked local question, “What high school you went?” my answer is “Kubasaki High School, Department of Defense, Sukiran (today Zukeran), Okinawa.” It’s a....
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Health Information – Secrets of the Avocado (Part 3, final)

Avocados Improve Dry Skin Perhaps the most welcome benefit of avocados for women is how it can make their skin more beautiful. Prof. Inoue of Nihon University recommends keeping the skin of the avocado after eating...

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