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Kadomatsu Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Kadomatsu workshop led by Rick Hoo. Kadomatsu are Japanese good luck bamboo and pine arrangements that adorn the entrance to many homes at New Year’s. Rick Hoo began making kadomatsu with TEMARI, Center...
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Community Focus – Culture Award Nominees Sought For Japanese Cultural Society of Maui

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Awards, or Japanese culture awards. Winners will be honored at the organization’s shinnen enkai dinner on Jan. 27, 2018, at the Maui Beach Hotel.
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Bruce Hamada on the stand-up bass and Jim Howard on piano play the classics from the great American songbook at 53 by the Sea. (Photos courtesy Bruce Hamada)

Music – Swept Away By The Music of Bruce Hamada

Music is the Bassist/Vocalist’s Passion Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “The very thought of you, makes my heart sing, like an April breeze on the wings of spring . . .” It is dinner hour at “53 by the Sea,” the upscale bistro overlooking Waikïkï, and Bruce Hamada’s voice is floating ethereally across....
JCAH “Bunka no Hi” “Cultural Treasures” (from left) Akiko Masuda, Takayoshi Kanda and Ronald Takeya are pictured with former Gov. George Ariyoshi (behind) and Japanese Community Association of Hawaii president Ivan Nakano (far right). (Photos by Laurie Higashi)

Community Focus – Three Cultural Treasures Honored at JCAH “Bunka No HI”

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, honored three “cultural treasures” at its biennial “Bunka no Hi,” or Japanese Culture Day program, on Nov. 18 at the Sangha Hall. The event was themed “Okage Sama De,” an often-used Japanese phrase of gratitude meaning “I am what I am because of you.” Honored as....
A group photo of the 2017 UJSH Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai honorees. Pictured with the honorees are then-Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and his wife Yoko (second row, seated in the middle), UJSH president Sheree Tamura (standing, far left in kimono) and 2017 Cherry Blossom queen Heather Omori (standing, far right). (Photo by Carolyn Kimura)

UJSH Honors 26 New Octogenarians

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 26 Nikkei celebrating their 80th birthday this year with a festive party on Sept. 23 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The event, UJSH’s annual Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai (Senior Citizens Festival), is held in conjunction with Japan’s observance of “Respect for the Aged....
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“Courage and Compassion” Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: The Go For Broke National Education Center and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i co-host the traveling exhibition, “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience.” Developed by Los...
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....

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