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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Cultural Grant Awardees

Hui O Laulima recently awarded $15,000 in grants to 10 organizations for specific projects aimed at perpetuating Okinawan culture. “Each awardee demonstrated potential to promote and expand the influence of our vibrant and colorful Okinawan culture,” noted HOL cultural grants committee chair Karen Fuse. Hui O Laulima, which is a member-club of the Hawaii United....
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Community Focus – Anthology Project to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Okinawans in Hawaii

The year 2020 will mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Okinawans in Hawai‘i. A project to commemorate that milestone is currently in the works, with the final product being a multimedia collection of original works about Okinawan heritage in Hawai‘i. The theme is “Our Okinawan Heritage in Hawai‘i.” Submissions are being....
A taiko performance marked the opening of Hawai‘i’s first Daiso store at the Pearl City Shopping Center.

Community Focus – Daiso Opens in Hawaii

Daiso, the popular Japanese value store, opened its first Hawai‘i store on Dec. 12 at the Pearl City Shopping Center with a festive grand opening celebration, including taiko drumming by Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Daiso opened in the old Sanki location next to Ben Franklin. In Japan, Daiso is known....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

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Dear Frances – “Dear Frances” to Help Us Make it Through

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, So, what did you get from your mother this past Christmas? Lilly Hawai‘i Dear Readers . . . Lilly is referring to a story I shared with you some time ago in this column. Lilly . . . you will find the answer to your question at....
Members and supporters of the Wahiawa Nichiren Mission at the temple’s 70th anniversary celebration. The Rev. Myoryu Aniya’s great-granddaughter, Valerie Aniya Schmidt, and great-great grandson, Hunter Schmidt, performed shishi-mai lion dance. The Wahiawa Nichiren Mission does not have a resident minister anymore. These days, Hawaii Nichiren Mission ministers take turns leading services for the congregation. (Photo courtesy Valerie Schmidt)

Religion – Wahiawa Nichiren Mission Remembers its Founder

The Rev. Myoryu Aniya is Remembered With Fondness and Gratitude Jodie Chiemi Ching “In February 1948, a Lotus temple appeared at Pu‘u Place, Wahiawä, a block away from Rev. (Myoryu) Aniya’s residence. The members purchased two old military houses, and put them together to create a temple and living quarters.” So begins the story of....
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Book Review – A Visit to the “Japanese Inn”

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Once again I am driving southwest on the great Tokaidö Road that runs between Tökyö, the present capital of Japan, and Kyöto, the ancient capital . . . I am headed for the dream-haunted calm of the old inn called Minaguchi-ya.” And so begins Oliver Statler’s classic recreation....
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Ryan’s Table – High Tech Smokin’

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist After experimenting with a number of smokers I’ve picked up over the years, I realized that each has its own upsides and downsides. For instance, only one of the three smokers can cook a full cut of beef brisket, and only one does not need a fan to circulate the....

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