Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary, Kuakini Health System administration and Tendai Mission in front of the Kuakini columbarium following the May 29 memorial ceremony. Front row, from left: Memorial Project Committee chair Jinny Okubo; Kuakini Auxiliary president Karen Kuraoka; Rev. Ryodo Ishida of Tendai Mission; Alex Murata, president of the Tendai Mission support organization Ichigu Kai; Rev. Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission; Gary Kajiwara, Kuakini president and CEO; Nancy Shimamoto with the Kuakini Auxiliary; and Suzette Lau-Hee from Kuakini Home. (Photo courtesy Kuakini Health System)

Kuakini Honors Memory of Japanese Immigrants

Members of the Kuakini Medical Center Auxiliary and the Kuakini Health System administration gathered at Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu‘uanu on May 29 to honor the memory of the Gannenmono, who arrived in Hawai‘i in 1868, and the 141 Issei who once resided at what was originally the Japanese Home of Hawaii. They offered prayers....
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Dialogue – Gannenmono Afterthoughts

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen What a week it was! Otsukaresama to the Gannenmono Committee volunteers, Kizuna Hawaii, and to Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his team. Thank you for all your hard work! As we worked on this edition, I found myself wondering what, in their afterlife, the Gannenmono might be thinking about....
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Community Focus – Bon Dances Schedule Corrections

The following are corrections to the Bon dance schedule that was published in the May 18, 2018, edition of The Hawai‘i Herald. We apologize for any inconvenience the errors may have caused. BIG ISLAND • July 21 (Sat.): Honokaa Hongwanji bon dance will begin at 7 p.m., following the 5:30 obon service.
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To Learn More About the Gannenmono

June 5–Feb. 24, 2019: “Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i” exhibit. This exhibit features historic documents and illustrations, cultural objects and first-hand accounts of the Gannenmono. The exhibit also includes the genealogy of one Gannenmono whose family today spans eight generations and contains more than 800 names. Picture Gallery in Hawaiian Hall at....
The Moiliili Japanese Cemetery monument was dedicated in June 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gannenmono’s arrival in Hawai‘i. Mö‘ili‘ili resident Samuel Sasano’s company, Stonecraft Hawaii, built the monument.

Memorials – Monuments to Remember the Gannenmono

Four Monuments that Honor the First Japanese in Hawai‘i Jodie Chiemi Ching Fifty years ago, the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants from Japan was marked with the unveiling of several monuments around the state. The monuments were meant to honor the Gannenmono, the “First-year People” from Japan, and to remind their....
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Estate Planning – How to Apply for Long-term Care Medicaid

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura In last month’s column, I focused on the history of Medicaid and discussed some of the difficulties that arise when dealing with Medicaid’s many laws, rules and policies. I also told you about some of the problems that people have encountered when applying for Medicaid on their own....
Nearly 60 descendants — third, fourth, fifth and even sixth generations — of Gannenmono Tokujiro Sasaki Sato gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to celebrate their Gannenmono roots. (Photo by Carole Hayashino)

Gannenmono Descendants – Danny Kamekona Traces Roots To Gannenmono

Arnold T. Hiura Reprinted from Nov. 1, 1985, Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: Had he not died unexpectedly in 1996 at the still-young age of 60, you can be sure that actor Danny Kamekona would have joined his huge ‘ohana at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to commemorate the arrival 150 years....
After arriving in Honolulu on June 4 for the Gannenmono 150th anniversary commemoration, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko paid their respects at the Gannenmono memorial at Makiki Cemetery. (Photo by Richard Borreca)

Gannenmono Literature – O.A. Bushnell Novels Captured Gannenmono Story

The 1970s Novels Brought Gannenmono History to Life Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was nearly 60 years ago that the late Hawai‘i writer, historian and scientist, O.A. “Ozzie” Bushnell was challenged by his wife, Elizabeth. As Bushnell’s son Andrew recalled in an interview, a bad play and the ensuing dare launched Bushnell’s literary....

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