The Rev. Bert Sumikawa and a dozen members of the Windward Buddhist Temple held an obon service in June 2019 at the nearly one-acre Bellows Japanese Cemetery in Waimänalo. (Photo courtesy of Windward Buddhist Temple)

Lead Story – Obon: The Graves at Bellows Air Force Station

Rev. Bert Sumikawa Helps Descendants Honor Ancestors at the Bellows Japanese Cemetery Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This year, obon — the 500-year-old Japanese Buddhist custom honoring ancestors’ spirits — will deepen Ann Nakata’s connection with her family roots. Just two months ago, 72-year-old Nakata, a retired Kapahulu florist, discovered she had....
Graphic for Hawaii Food Bank 'COVID-19 Response'

Community Focus – Hawaii Foodbank’s COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 situation intensifies, Hawaii Foodbank is facing an unprecedented challenge of providing food for people affected by the pandemic while continuing to meet the nutritional needs of one in eight Hawai‘i residents already struggling with food insecurity. The current pandemic has closed schools and community centers, creating a gap in meals for countless....
Sally Kageyama, Janet Ito and Zina Nagamine show off the fresh andagi for sale.

In Our Community – Drive-Thru Chicken Sale at Jikoen!

[caption id="attachment_20620" align="alignnone" width="696"] Jikoen Hongwanji Mission held the first of its twice-yearly barbecue chicken benefit sales on Feb. 15. After many years of having supporters park and come in to pick up their orders, temple members got innovative last year and introduced a drive-thru line with temple volunteers bringing the purchaser’s order out to....
Hawai‘i’s “Day of Remembrance” program featured speakers (from left) Bill Kaneko, Susan Arnett, Jacce Mikulanec and April Tahara Carvalho. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

Spotlight – Internment Remembered

Karleen C. Chinen About 150 people spent their Feb. 22 morning learning about why an injustice from 78 years ago is as relevant today as it was in 1942. The gathering place was the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i where a “Day of Remembrance” program organized by JCCH and the Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League....
Dr. Jon Matsuoka (far left) with Living Treasures of Hawai‘i Committee members (from left): JoAnn Yosemori, Cecilia Lindo, Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Cindy Alm, Jill Kuramoto and Jonathan Johnson. (Photo by Debbie Kubota)

In Our Community – Honpa Hongwanji Inducts 2020 Living Treasures

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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 —....
After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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Kailua High School students (from left) Luke Tobias, Skye Simbahon and David Valaderes wearing yukata kimono for the first time. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

In Our Community – JASH Presents “Japan Day”

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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....
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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