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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....
Jubilant Ginoza Sonjin Kai members and their “cousins” from Ginoza Son take a big “family” photo.

Community Focus – Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Members of the Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai celebrated the 70th anniversary of their club’s formation in 1948 by reconnecting with their Ginoza “cousins” in Okinawa at two events last November — a music and dance performance at the Hawaii Okinawa Center and a festive party at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Nov. 29....
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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....
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Kauai Fukuoka Kenjinkai Shinnen Enkai

WHO/WHAT: The Kauai Fukuoka Kenjinkai will hold its annual New Year’s luncheon and membership meeting. Meeting topics will include scholarships for descendants of Kenjinkai members; dues collection; Nov. 6-9 Fukuoka Worldwide convention update and...
Hatsudate shiki guests (from left) included Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Misako Ito, Reyna Kaneko, Sean O’Harrow and Dr. Robert Huey.

Spotlight – Chado Uransenke Tankokai Hawaii Welcomes 2019 with Hatsudate Shiki

Chadö Urasenke Tankökai Hawaii Association hosted a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, on Jan. 20 in the Seiköan Tearoom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Special guests included Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and his wife Misako; former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean; Dr.....
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“Recruit the Women” Presentation

WHO/WHAT: Dr. Malia McAndrew, 2018-19 East-West Center visiting scholar and associate professor of history at John Carroll University, will give a talk titled “Recruit the Women: The Life and Career of Lt. Ethel B....
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Lead Story – Seijinshiki, “Coming of Age” in Japan

Where Did the 20 Years Go? Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake From zero to 20! That was....

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