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Hawaii Mother’s Milk 20th Annual Brunch

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Mothers’ Milk, Inc. will hold its 20th annual brunch and silent auction themed “Celebrating Family.” “For 45 years, HMMI’s mission has been to support and encourage Hawai‘i moms and babies in their...
Misako Ito sips tea prepared by Omotesenke tea sensei from Kyöto, Masaki Kimura-Soshö and Hiroyuki Sugata-Sensei. Seated beside her are Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihe‘e.

Community Focus – Omotesenke Domonkai Holds Hatsugama Tea Ceremony

The Omotesenke Domonkai held a Hatsugama tea ceremony in the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi on Feb. 15. The ceremony commemorated the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Hawaiʻi branch.
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi, who served as the installing officer, is pictured with the 2020 officers and directors.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Welcomes New Year

Close to 100 Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members came together at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 16 for the organization’s annual general meeting and New Year’s party. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his wife Misako; and, from Tökyö,....
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito welcomes guests to the first birthday reception of the Reiwa Era for Emperor Naruhito.

Community Focus – The Consul General of Japan Holds Emperor’s Birthday Reception

On the evening of Feb. 20, the first birthday reception of the Reiwa Era for Emperor Naruhito was held at the Nu‘uanu residence of Koichi Ito, consul general of Japan. Three hundred eighty guests enjoyed the festivities on the lawn. They were welcomed by live music performed by the Hawaii Gagaku Society and Royal Hawaiian....
Flyer for 'BEGIN' one night only on March 28, 2020 in Torrance, CA on behalf of the Okinawa Association of America, Inc.

Community Focus – Okinawa’s Begin Set for March 28 Concert in Torrance

The popular Okinawan pop/folk group BEGIN will make its U.S. mainland debut in a concert set for Saturday, March 28, in Torrance, Calif. The 7:30 p.m. concert, sponsored by the Okinawa Association of America, Inc., will be held in the Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino Community College (16007 Crenshaw Blvd.) in Torrance.
Brandon Hagio and Dylan Leming in 'Oriental Faddah and Son' playing March 13-22

“Oriental Faddah and Son” by Lee A. Tonouchi

WHO/WHAT: Windward Community College presents “Oriental Faddah and Son,” a semi-autobiographical chronicle of the relationship between a father and his son, delving into the nuances of an Okinawan family. This play was written by...
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JCCH Craft and Collectibles Sale

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will feature local vendors at its craft and collectibles sale. The sale will feature rare Japanese themed antiques, artwork, jewelry, kimono, handmade clothing, gourmet snacks and more....
Graphic drawing of an Ikebana arrangement in celebration of Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Honolulu Hawaii Chapter's 40th Anniversary

Celebrating the Spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana

WHO/WHAT: The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Honolulu Hawaii Chapter will feature an exhibit of various ikebana arrangements from local and Japanese members. This year the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, March 6, 8:30...
On Feb. 10, Mayor Caldwell, Hajime Nakama — the mayor of Kin Town in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan — and about a hundred attendees met in the Honolulu City Council Chambers at Honolulu Hale for a friendship city relationship signing ceremony.

Spotlight – A New Friendship, Honolulu and Kin Town

Jodie Chiemi Ching This year marks 120 years since the first Okinawan immigrants landed on our shores. We are bound by history and bound by aloha. Today, we turn another page by signing this special friendship city relationship with Kin Town,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. On Feb. 10 Mayor Caldwell met with Hajime Nakama —....
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Traditional Sino – Japanese Art, A Source of Modern American Architecture

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Architecture presents “Traditional Sino-Japanese Art as a Source of Modern American Architecture.” It is part of the UHM Center for Japanese Studies Seminar Series. Dr. Kevin...

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