2019 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction, 'Celebrating the Dawn of Reiwa'

JASH Annual Dinner

WHO/WHAT: The Japan-America Society of Hawaii will hold its annual dinner themed “Celebrating the Dawn of Reiwa.” The evening’s keynote speaker will be Duane Kurisu, founder and chairman of aio; and Paul Yonamine —...
Students from Hiroshima Minami High School delivered a message of peace to the audience in English. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Commemorations – Hiroshima, Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Remembered

Kacie Yamamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Seventy-four years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended World War II, calls for world peace and the preservation of humanity were front and center at anniversary commemorations in Honolulu and in cities around the world for both bombings. Approximately 140,000 people were killed on....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Five-year-old Evelyn Camero works on her own ikebana arrangement while her uncle, Peter Kawamoto (next to her, but not pictured), works on his own arrangement.

In Our Community – Ikebana International’s Make-And-Take

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Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association. Front row, from left: Dr. Ruth Ono, Dr. Dennis Ogawa, Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino, Dr. Genshitsu Sen, Consul General Koichi Ito, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.S. and advisor to Urasenke Foundation Shichiro Amae and Hirohisa Koyama. Middle row, from left: former first lady Lynne Waihe‘e, Hidemi Amae and Joycelyn Victorino. Back row, from left: former Tanko Kai Hawaii President Akemi Kurokawa, Takehiko Kato, UH President David Lassner, East-West Center President Richard Vuylsteke, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Dr. Robert Huey, Souko Sakurai and Mark Burak.

Community Focus – Urasenke Celebrates 47th Tea Seminar

Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii president Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association on July 21. Participants of the University of Hawai‘i’s 47th tea seminar were also invited to the event which was held at the Sheraton Waikiki. 
Evan Nagao at the 2018 World Championship in China. (Photos courtesy of Evan Nagao)

Evan Nagao on the Yo-Yo Comeback Trail

Music is His Next Stage Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Evan Nagao held his first yo-yo at the age of 1, started throwing it at 2 and parlayed his hobby into a world championship title last year. Now the 23-year-old yonsei is moving in a new direction: making music. The Hawai‘i Kai....
Logo for Zentoku Foundation 'Love + Japanese + Tradition'

Spotlight – Zentoku Foundation Documentary Film Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching The Zentoku Foundation is on a mission and leading the charge is its president, Mark Nakakihara. “The organization’s mission to gather and write stories is urgent,” he said. According to its website, “The Zentoku Foundation was created to help grow and strengthen the Japanese American community by developing a convenient, user friendly,....
A visual comparison of table rice and milled rice for ginjo and daiginjo grade sake.

Ryan’s Table – For Sake’s Sake

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist My earliest exposure to sake was memorable though not very pleasurable. You see, the Tatsumoto clan always hosted a New Year’s Eve party for my mom’s co-workers from Kahalu‘u Elementary School, Dad’s University of Hawai‘i football tailgate crew and other friends and family.
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “A Question of Loyalty”

Michael G. Malaghan Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Introduction 1941-1944 — Hawai‘i; Japan; Camp Shelby, Miss.; and Italy. On Page One of “A Question of Loyalty,” we share the shock of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor with Haru and her family. We watch in despair as the FBI arrests Kenji just hours after his son,....
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Dear Frances – Seeing Half-Full

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I’m one of the elders who still open doors. When a young man opened the door for my wife recently, she told him, “Thank you for being a....

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