Photo of Lion Dance at the Okinawan Festival

2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
Group 'On Ensemble', featuring: Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr.

“On Ensemble”: Contemporary Taiko

WHO/WHAT: On Ensemble, made up of Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr., will make its O‘ahu debut in a performance that infuses taiko with jazz, rock and Central Asian...
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....
Allison Arakawa Sears performing “Bashofu” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Musical Classic – “Bashofu” – Taking Us Home

The “Bashofu” Story Has Roots in Hawai‘i and Okinawa Jodie Chiemi Ching Umi no ao sa ni, sora no ao . . . (Deep emerald hues of the sea, the radiant blue hues in the sky . . .) For many Uchinanchu around the world, just hearing the first line of the song “Bashofu” triggers....
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; Hibari’s daughter-in-law, Yuka Kato; Gannenmono commemoration co-chair Sal Miwa; and Sheree Tamura, immediate past president of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.

Spotlight – “Misora Hibari Music Festival” Set for Nov. 24

Legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari loved the people of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i’s people loved her. On Saturday, Nov. 24, memories of the beloved Hibari’s gift for tugging at the heartstrings of her audiences with her nostalgic ballads will be celebrated at the Misora Hibari Music Festival at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. The 1 p.m.....

2014 Okinawan Festival

Saturday's Program | Sunday's Program Cultural Tent | Festival Favorites 9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU (Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs) Featured Okinawan koto schools: • Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai • Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai • Toma Toyoko Sokyoku...

The 29th Annual Okinawan Festival

This weekend is the 29th Okinawan Festival. Due to popular demand, here is the schedule of the festivities: SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m.        RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Yoneko Yamashiro Edmondson,...

Bad Brains at Pipeline Cafe

They have been called the "greatest live band ever," fusing together punk, reggae, jazz, rock, heavy metal and funk - not to mention influencing countless A-list musicians - for over 30 years. They have endured...
Columnist Colin Sewake, his wife Keiko and Malani at the Tökyö Billboard Live club in Roppongi in 2016.

My Hawaii – Memories of Malani

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake The passing of Malani Bilyeu, one of Kalapana’s original members, came as....
Photo of singer, Allison Arakawa, singing in a bright red kimono, mic in hand

“Hawaii Nikkei Legacy” Exhibit on Kauai

WHO/WHAT: A photographic exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai’i travels to Kaua‘i. The 6:45 p.m. opening will feature a performance by singer Allison Arakawa, known for her moving renditions...

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