Red and White Song Festival contestants gather on stage while waiting for the competition results to be tallied at the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s shinnenkai.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Holds Shinnenkai

A lively taiko performance by Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko, Pacific Buddhist Academy’s student taiko group, kicked off the festivities of the 2018 shinnenkai (New Year’s party) of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation on...
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The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the...
Children's Message of Peace Exhibit on February 1, 2018 at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse

Children’s Expression of Peace Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: The 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans, in partnership with the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, will host an exhibit of Children’s Expressions of Peace. The exhibit is curated by Naomi Harata with assistance by...
Members of Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai - Hawaii Shibu sanshin association and Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association perform together at the Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert. (Photo by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Annual Concert

Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai - Hawaii Shibu sanshin association and Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association held their 2017 Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert, at Masa’s Cafeteria...
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Community Focus – Five Honored with the HUOA “Legacy Award”

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its “Legacy Award” to five individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Okinawan community. The luncheon program was held Nov. 12 in the Coral Ballroom of...
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Community Focus – Hawaii Buddhist Council Launches “Open Night at the Temples”

The Hawaii Buddhist Council has launched an “Open Night at Temples” series aimed at introducing those interested in learning about the different denominations of Buddhism represented in the council to an open-house tour of...
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Festival of Japanese Dance

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Japanese Dance Association will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a weekend of events centered about the theme, “A Festival of Japanese Dance — With Much Appreciation.” The association is made up...
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Public Forum on Okinawa Studies

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center for Okinawan Studies will present a public forum on Okinawan Studies by its new director, Dr. Masato Ishida. This will be an opportunity to meet Dr....
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Takie Sugiyama Lebra: Reflections on a Legacy

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center for Japanese Studies and the Department of Anthropology will present a discussion by three anthropology professors reflecting on the multifaceted legacy of the late UH anthropology...
Colbert Matsumoto (seated, fourth from left) and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito hold Matsumoto’s Imperial Decoration certificate. Also seated in the front row (from left): Irene Hirano Inouye, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Ito, Matsumoto, wife Gail Matsumoto and mother Matsuko Matsumoto. Standing behind are Colbert Matsumoto’s other family members and friends. (Photo courtesy Japanese Consulate)

Spotlight – Colbert Matsumoto Receives Imperial Decoration

Colbert Masayuki Matsumoto was conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Government of Japan in a ceremony at the Japanese Consulate on Dec. 21. The Imperial Decoration, which...

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