After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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The 2020 Kenjin Kai Young Achiever honorees (from left): Heather Omori, Central Oahu Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; David Shinsato, Hawaii United Okinawa Association; Mamina Tahara, Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai; and Zackery Harris, Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai with UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba (standing, far left) and UJSH president, Rev. Akihiro Okada (standing, far right). Standing behind the Young Achievers are their respective kenjinkai presidents: (from left: Clyde Matsumoto, Lynn Miyahira, Keith Sakuda and Sadie Watanabe.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Welcomes “Year of the Rat!”

United Japanese Society of Hawaii members and supporters welcomed the “Year of the Rat” at the organization’s shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Jan. 11. A moment of silence was observed to remember and honor UJSH members who have passed on. Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) from the Kikunobu Dance....
Barry Taniguchi and John Masuhara

Big Island Community Focus – Hilo High School Foundation to Honor Taniguchi and Masuhara

The Hilo High School Foundation will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards to Barry Taniguchi and John Masuhara, posthumously, at the foundation’s 10th annual Recognition Dinner. The dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall.
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Dialogue – Mahalo Hawaii Island!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary This is only the third Herald issue of 2020 and you’re probably wondering why we are already publishing our annual Big Island issue — the eighth if you happen to be keeping count. As I noted in our Jan. 17 issue, this is a year of many anniversaries. Most of them....
The MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual shinnen enkai luncheon on Jan. 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. Highlights included a keynote speech by Nisei Veterans Legacy president Lynn Heirakuji (front) and the installation of the 2020 officers. The officers installed were (left to right) Keith Matsumoto, director; Karen Kikukawa, secretary; Sherman Takao, treasurer; Larry Enomoto, past president and director; Shinye Gima, president; Glen Arakaki, director; and Herbert Matsumoto, director.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans of Hawaii Installs its 2020 Officers

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The Rev. Akihiro Okada of the Daijingu Temple in Nuuanu performed a Shintö blessing of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i leaders and others in the martial arts dojo at the start of the Jan. 12 festival. The blessing also included the partaking of sake by JCCH president/executive director Jacce Mikulanec and board chair Ken Hayashida; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell; Mrs. Misako Ito, representing her husband Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito; and Kevin Asano, one of four Japanese American Olympians from Hawai‘i. Asano captured a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in judo.

In Our Community – JCCH Ohana Festival Shines Through Rain and Clouds

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From the Mailbag

Dear Editor, Thanks for Dan Nakasone’s story (Jan. 3, 2020, edition) — so nostalgic because I, too, grew up in Wahiawä and worked in the fields during the summer for $1.25 an hour. I was so proud to treat my family to dinner at Three Coins (where Zippy’s is now) with my first paycheck. This....
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2019 “Uchinanchu of the Year.”

Herald Salutes

Hui O Laulima recently awarded cultural grants totaling $10,000 to 10 organizations and individuals for projects aimed at promoting and perpetuating Okinawan culture. Hui O Laulima is a nonprofit women’s organization and an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. The grants were awarded to:
Katsu Kobayakawa Goto (1862-1889).

Issei History – Katsu Goto, Honoring the Legacy of a Hero

Hamakua Jodo Mission Working to Preserve History  Jodie Chiemi Ching  The Hamakua Jodo Mission, in Pa‘auhau Mauka on Hawai‘i Island, was the first sanctioned Buddhist temple in the state of Hawai‘i. It was built in 1896 at the epicenter of the five sugar plantations on the island, and served the community of Japanese contract laborers.....
Members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association ushered in 2020 — the Year of the Rat — with a Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year on Jan. 19 at the Seikoan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i. Miharu Oba (brown kimono) was the officiating teishu (tea ceremony host) with her assistant and narrator, or hanto, Miharu Ooba (pink kimono). Guests from left: Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Akemi Kurokawa and his wife Misako, and Sojin Murata.

Community Focus – Urasenke Hawaii Celebrates the “Year of the Rat”

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