Ken Kakesako (center) with Stevenson principal Linell Dilwith (far left), DOE complex area superintendent for Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Ruth Silberstein, Noelani teacher Katherine Nakamura, and representatives of the Milken Foundation and Hawaii USA FCU. (Photo courtesy DOE)

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Stevenson Middle School teacher Ken Kakesako was selected Hawai‘i’s Milken Teacher of Promise Award by the National Milken Educators of Hawai‘i. Kakesako is currently in his third year of teaching science at Stevenson. The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during their....
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Community Focus – Aloha Luncheon Planned for Retiring Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr.

An aloha luncheon honoring retiring Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and his wife, Bruni Bradley, will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Hale Koa Hotel. Adm. Harris is expected to retire from his lifelong Navy career this spring. He is currently the only active AJA four-star officer in....
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Hawaii Shingon Buddhists to Convene in Hilo on April 21

Congregations from Hawai‘i’s 12 Koyasan Shingon Buddhist temples will convene on the Big Island of Hawai‘i on Saturday, April 21, for their first statewide layperson convention in five years. Temple members are invited to come together with their family members and friends for a stimulating daylong program aimed at deepening their faith and enjoying fellowship.....
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Recipes Sought for Hawaii’s Plantation Village’s 25th Anniversary Cookbook

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Hawaii Plantation Village is compiling a cookbook and is asking the public for submissions of “home-style cooking.” Along with the recipe, include your name, phone number, email address, the name of the recipe and origin of the recipe. In addition, explain in a few sentences why this recipe....
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi installed the 2018 officers and directors. He and wife Jean (far right) are pictured with newly installed president Keith Sakuda and outgoing president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Celebrates the “Year of the Dog”

Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 11 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. About 150 members and their families attended this year’s gathering. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife, Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito....
The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir performs “Sakura” while their director, Professor Hirotaka Arai, sings the song.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Visit Hawaii

Students from Hakuoh University’s Handbell Choir made their 27th goodwill visit to Hawai‘i to share their music. The choir was founded 30 years ago, in 1988, by Professor Hirotaka Arai, who continues to direct the choir. The choir has the capacity to ring seven octaves of handbells and has a wide-ranging repertoire of music. Hakuoh....
The 2018 MIS Veterans Club officers and directors, from left: immediate past president George Arine; president Lawrence Enomoto; vice president Glen Arakaki; secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa; treasurer Sherman Takao; and directors Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro, Annie Inouye, Dr. Shinye Gima, Gregg Hirata and Mark Matsunaga.

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2018 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club installed its 2018 officers and directors at the club’s annual shinnen enkai on Feb. 25 at the Natsunoya Tea House. The club is made up veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in combat and intelligence roles in the Pacific and Asia theaters during World War II. However, because they....
Photo of Hawaii Hochi President, Hawaii Hochi, and Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Melanie Carrie, drawing the contest winners for 'Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.'

Community Focus – Winners of the “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen”

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrié visited the Hawaii Hochi offices on March 28 and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, assisted by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. president Taro Yoshida (pictured above).
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival Court, from left: Miss Congeniality Karly Kanehiro, Princess Kylie Hisatake, Princess Kaydi Hashima, Queen Melanie Carrié, First Princess Mika Nakashige, Princess Chelsea Briggs and Miss Popularity Sheby Meador. (Hawaii Hochi photos by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrie

66th CBF Queen Brings an International Perspective to Her New Role Gwen Battad Ishikawa Melanie Camille Michiko Carrié, the newly crowned Cherry Blossom Festival queen, has lived in places others have only dreamed of — and in less than a quarter of a century! Carrié was born in Antwerp, Belgium, to her Japanese American mother....
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