Co-hosts of “Yuntaku Live!” David Jones (left) and Lynn Miyahira (right) of the HUOA, applaud inaugural guest Kenton Odo’s sanshin-playing. Earlier, Odo (center) shared an amusing anecdote on the “yareba dekiru” (“if you try, you can do it”) calligraphic artwork in the background. (Photo courtesy of HUOA)

Community Focus – “Yuntaku Live!” Lights Up Okinawan Musical Arts And Community History

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. HST for an hour and sometimes longer, Okinawans and Okinawans at heart can now tune in to the lively, heartfelt and highly informative “Yuntaku Live!” video-streaming broadcast co-hosted by David “DJ” Jones and Hawaii United Okinawa Association President Lynn Miyahira, a combination of weekly variety show, community news wire and....
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Spotlight – Tamura Family Honored for “Long-Term Success”

Ida Yoshinaga With now four generations establishing, staffing and operating Tamura Supermarket in Wai‘anae, the current leadership of the Tamura family empire, headed by 28-year-old president and corporate treasurer Jill Tamura-McCleary alongside her 85-year-old grandfather, CEO Clifford Tamura, not only co-manage the beloved west-side business, but they have recently earned an Editor’s Choice Award for....
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Community Focus – Go Back to School in the COVID-19 Economy

Older teens or young adults sitting around your house, twiddling their thumbs or video-gaming non-stop, under the stay-at-home order? Or have you long hoped to pursue higher education but had to put it off because of work? Now is the time to prepare for the future, to follow that educational dream. Except for the University....
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Community Focus – Bamboo Ridge at Home

Around since 1978, the premiere journal of the literatures of Hawaiʻi, Bamboo Ridge, has upgraded itself for the audiovisual-media-friendly era with “Bamboo Ridge at Home” (youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM9u0tLyADkCCmC92KnUZVz475_yvQe9X). The series of online videos show Hawaiʻi creative writers filmed in their living rooms while they explain the context for, then read excerpts from, their fictional stories, creative non-fiction,....
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Bulletin Board – NVMC: Chinese Wellness Lifestyle Workshop

WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center presents Dr. Jeffrey Tice, an integrative healthcare provider, who will introduce the history and philosophy behind Chinese medicine. He will also share self-help tools — including food, massage, exercise...
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Bulletin Board – JANM Digital Film Festival: “Madame Fujima Kansuma” Film Q&A

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese American National Museum presents a Q&A session for the film “Madame Fujima Kansuma,” featuring the life of a Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher who began a decades-long career in the...
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Bulletin Board – HISAM from Home, Free Kids Art Class

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is hosting the HiSAM (Hawaiʻi State Art Museum) From Home Free Art Class for Kids in an online Zoom class led by highly trained...
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Spotlight – UJSH: “Renkyo No Ayumi” Commemorative Book

United Japanese Society of Hawaii Holds Online General Membership Meeting Jodie Chiemi Ching The United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s annual general membership meeting was called to order by Rev. Akihiro Okada, president of UJSH, on the evening of May 14. Due to the current stay-at-home order from Gov. David Ige, board members, directors and advisors....
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Community Focus – Free Ukulele Practice Videos for the (Quarantined) Family

From April 5, Roy Sakuma Studios has offered lighthearted, weekly “Ukulele Practice Videos” on its website and YouTube channel at no cost to the public. Families who want to teach their children (or themselves!) this instrument, as well as distance-learning teachers, can regularly provide music lessons, whenever Roy Sakuma releases two to five new “uke”....
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Community Focus – Buy Local Via Food-A-Go-Go Farms

“Support local farmers!” is the current digital war cry of Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation executive director Denise Yamaguchi, the longtime non-profit leader, spouse of notable restauranteur Roy and one-time Daniel K. Inouye mentee. Yamaguchi’s HAF-sponsored Food-A-Go-Go website now sports a database of farms and fishing firms; beef, pork, dairy and egg producers; and healthy-food growers or....

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