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Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Concerts

WHO/WHAT: The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Tochigi Prefecture will present four public concerts in Honolulu during its 28th goodwill visit. The choir, which is directed by its founder, Professor Hirotaka Arai, has the...
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Gannenmono Exhibit Closing Soon

WHO/WHAT: “Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i” exhibit. Featured in the exhibit are historic documents and illustrations, cultural objects and first-hand accounts of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants to settle in...
Hatsudate shiki guests (from left) included Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Misako Ito, Reyna Kaneko, Sean O’Harrow and Dr. Robert Huey.

Spotlight – Chado Uransenke Tankokai Hawaii Welcomes 2019 with Hatsudate Shiki

Chadö Urasenke Tankökai Hawaii Association hosted a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, on Jan. 20 in the Seiköan Tearoom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Special guests included Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and his wife Misako; former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean; Dr.....
Jubilant Ginoza Sonjin Kai members and their “cousins” from Ginoza Son take a big “family” photo.

Community Focus – Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Members of the Hawaii Ginoza Sonjin Kai celebrated the 70th anniversary of their club’s formation in 1948 by reconnecting with their Ginoza “cousins” in Okinawa at two events last November — a music and dance performance at the Hawaii Okinawa Center and a festive party at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Nov. 29....
The 2019 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Chef Alan Wong. Standing from left are: Meakashi Kingoro (Kevin Ching), and dorobo Nango Rikimaru (Kristin Alm Kamakahi), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Daisuke “Duke” Ueda), Tadanobu Rihei (Ray Tsuchiyama), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Jennifer Okubo) and Nippon Daemon (Ala Kinuhata).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 74th Gonin Otoko Play

Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce members and their guests rang in the “Year of the Boar (or Pig, if you prefer)” at the chamber’s 74th annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 4 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The event was attended by some 300 people, including HJCC members, their families and friends.....
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Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Buddhist Women Association Set Shinnen Kai

Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association will hold its shinnen enkai luncheon and general membership meeting on Sunday, Feb. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Sangha Hall. The 2019-2020 officers will be installed during the program. They are: Carole Tsutsumi, president, succeeding Karen Maedo; Deborah Fried, vice president; Bessie Kubo, recording secretary; Sue....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Cultural Grant Awardees

Hui O Laulima recently awarded $15,000 in grants to 10 organizations for specific projects aimed at perpetuating Okinawan culture. “Each awardee demonstrated potential to promote and expand the influence of our vibrant and colorful Okinawan culture,” noted HOL cultural grants committee chair Karen Fuse. Hui O Laulima, which is a member-club of the Hawaii United....
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Community Focus – Anthology Project to Commemorate 120th Anniversary of Okinawans in Hawaii

The year 2020 will mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Okinawans in Hawai‘i. A project to commemorate that milestone is currently in the works, with the final product being a multimedia collection of original works about Okinawan heritage in Hawai‘i. The theme is “Our Okinawan Heritage in Hawai‘i.” Submissions are being....
A taiko performance marked the opening of Hawai‘i’s first Daiso store at the Pearl City Shopping Center.

Community Focus – Daiso Opens in Hawaii

Daiso, the popular Japanese value store, opened its first Hawai‘i store on Dec. 12 at the Pearl City Shopping Center with a festive grand opening celebration, including taiko drumming by Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Daiso opened in the old Sanki location next to Ben Franklin. In Japan, Daiso is known....
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Geijutsu Performance and Potluck Dinner

WHO/WHAT: The Geijutsu Cultural Exchange and Training Program Students of Okinawa will present a performance of Okinawan music and dance. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Hawaii...

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