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Chinowa For People and Pets

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu’s annual Chinowa blessing welcomes leashed or caged pets (and even a stuff toy animal to represent your pet) and people. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, June 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hawaii Kotohira...
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“Reframing Fukushima After 3.11: Two Stories”

WHO/WHAT: Two films about life after the 2011 Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. The first film, “Haru Yo Koi: Bears, Honey Bees and Akio-san,” tells the struggles of Akio Inomata, a bear hunter, who...
“No-No Boy” duo is made up of Julian Saporiti (left) and Erin Aoyama.

“No-No Boy” Free Concert

WHO/WHAT: A multimedia music concert by “No-No Boy,” a musical duo made up of Brown University grad students Erin Aoyama and Julian Saporiti. “No-No Boy” shines the light on Asian American experiences, including the...
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Senior Health & Fitness Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents its annual senior health and fitness fair, featuring educational and wellness workshops and information on new products and services for seniors, caregivers and families. Also, booths focusing...
Gen. Paul Nakasone being handed honorary flag as he earns his fourth star

Lead Story – Gen. Paul M. Nakasone Earns His Fourth Star

And Takes Command of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Earlier this month, a grandson of immigrants from Okinawa whose Nisei father served in the Military Intelligence Service in World War II became the fourth American of Japanese ancestry in U.S. military history to be elevated....
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Spotlight – Jodie Chiemi Ching Joins Hawaii Herald Staff

If you read our May 4 edition, you know by now that one of The Hawai‘i Herald’s pillars for 26 years — Gwen Battad Ishikawa — has moved on to a new career. Although I did not work with Gwen for all 26 years of her tenure here at the Herald, we did work together....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting 2019 Cultural Grant Applications

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2019 Cultural Grant program. All prospective grant projects/activities must take place during the 2019 calendar year (January through December). Applications are due by July 31. The criteria for selection include:
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Community Focus – June 16 JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Gala” to Honor...

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor three individuals and four organizations at its “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Annual Gala” on Saturday, June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are the Onizuka Memorial Committee, ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, actor and civil rights advocate George Takei and recently....
First prize winner Eric Kira (right) receives his prize from Grant Murata, Hawaii Herald/Hawaii Hochi advertising manager, on behalf of TransPacific Tours.

“Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” Winners

Melanie Carrié, 66th Cherry Blossom Festival queen, visited the Hawaii Hochi offices in March and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest sponsored by The Hawai‘i Herald...
Outgoing president Vince Watabu passes on the president’s gavel to 2018 president Courtney Takara.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs 2018 Officers

Approximately 800 people attended the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu of the Year” and installation banquet earlier this year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The festivities saw the installation of the HUOA’s youngest president to date, 31-year-old Courtney Takara. She succeeds Vince Watabu as president of the organization made up of nearly 10,000 households. In....

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