Black and white photo of Jun Ariake

JASH: Tomodachi Holiday Tea

WHO/WHAT: The Japan-America Society of Hawaii hosts its annual “Tomodachi Holiday Tea” — casual teatime with light sandwiches, pastries and fellowship. This year’s entertainment will be a vocal performance by Jun Ariake, a retired...
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JCCH: Winter Craft Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will hold its annual winter craft fair featuring handmade or vintage gifts for the holidays made by vendors from around the island. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9...
Front lawn with Christmas decorations of Washington Place

A Washington Place Christmas

WHO/WHAT: Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with the Washington Place Foundation, are inviting the public to a special Christmas Open House. Christmas trees and holiday decorations will be on view...
This house and car were damaged by gusty winds in Ichihara, near Tökyö, on Oct. 12, just before Typhoon Hagibis made landfall. (Kyodo News Photo)

Spotlight | S-O-S Drives to Aid Japan

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Japan was hit hard last month with two major disasters — killer Typhoon Hagibis, which hit northern Honshu, taking lives, and a devastating fire in Okinawa that burned historic Shuri Castle to the ground. The people of Hawai‘i are responding with aloha to both tragedies. On Oct. 12, Typhoon Hagibis made....
Deigo Club president Tadashi Kinjo (far right) with three original Deigo Club members (from left): Masaru Nakama, Robert Nakamoto and Yasu Uyema.

Community Focus – Diego Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Deigo Club marked the 70th anniversary of its founding with a special gathering at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Oct. 27, putting on a show that featured performers from Hawai‘i’s various Okinawan music and dance studios. The celebratory “Karii!” and “Kampai!” toasts were offered by Hawaii United Okinawa Association president Jocelyn “Jo” Ige and....
After the service, everyone was invited to enjoy the homemade refreshments that were provided in the Okinawa Memorial Hall adjacent to the temple. It was also an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship and to learn about the Okinawan Restaurant Project.

In Our Community – Jikoen Celebrates Longstanding Ties

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Cultural Fusion 2019

WHO/WHAT: Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Hawaii Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo presents this holiday fundraising event, featuring Okinawan music and dance, food and drinks, a kachashi dance contest and silent auction. A variety of prizes...
Holiday plant and craft sale at the Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum Holiday Plant and Craft Sale

WHO/WHAT: Local nurseries will sell a variety of plants including native, edible, carnivorous plants, succulents and orchids. Crafters will be selling holiday wreaths, jewelry, local honey, all-natural cosmetics, hand-made apparel, wearable art and more....
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Wine & Words Annual Fundraiser

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts, presents its annual Wine & Words fundraising event. It will be an evening packed with writers from Bamboo Ridge Issue #115, Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo...
Photos of Kadomatsus for this year's Kadomatsu Workshop by the Honolulu Museum of Arts

Kadomatsu Workshop

WHO/WHAT: The display of Japanese New Year’s kadomatsu is a popular tradition in Hawai‘i. At this workshop, participants will learn about the history, design and symbolic elements that are a part of the classic...

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