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Rhythm Summit in Concert

WHO/WHAT: RHYTHM SUMMIT, a unique collaboration made possible by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in 2008, brings together the artistry and musicality of world-class artists — Kenny Endo (taiko, bamboo...
A print by Hiroki Morinoue

“Wood | Cut | Print ” Exhibition in Hilo

WHO/WHAT:  The Hawaii Japanese Center presents an exhibition of contemporary mokuhanga (moku = wood and hanga = printing) by some of the Big Island’s finest woodblock print artists — Hiroki Morinoue, Lonny Tomono and Glenn Yamanoha. Mokuhanga...
Several of the participants in the 2012 Zadankai (seated, from left) — former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Dr. Fujio Matsuda, Ted Tsukiyama and the Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani, along with (standing, left) Bishop Ryokan Ara and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito.

Community Focus – Release of Japanese Translation of “Japanese Eyes, American Heart” Volumes Celebrated

Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito hosted a reception at the Japanese Consulate on Feb. 20 to celebrate the release of the Japanese translation of the three volumes of “Japanese Eyes, American Heart.” The books were published by the Tendai Educational Foundation, headed by Bishop Ryokan Ara, in cooperation with the Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial....
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Community Focus – JCCH to Receive Federal Funds For Honouliuli National Monument Preservation

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i would receive $155,812 in grants to fund preservation and education projects at the Honouliuli National Monument.
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Obon Ceremony Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Gannenmono

WHO/WHAT: This commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono will begin with an obon service conducted by the Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani of Moiliili Hongwanji Mission. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, July 15, at 4...
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival contestants were introduced at the Ohana Festival. They are (from left): Mika Nakashige, Colette Masunaga, Kristen Yamamoto, Kaydi Hashima, Rhianna Taniguchi, Ariel Stenek, Melanie Carrié, Joy Nakahara, Kylie Hisatake, Chelsea Briggs, Cindy Nakagawa, Renni Iwasa, Karly Kaneshiro, Shelby Meador and Jordie Ocenar. (Photo courtesy Cherry Blossom Festival)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival got its official kick-off on Jan. 14 with the introduction of the 15 queen contestants at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored annually by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festival theme is Inspire.....
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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 the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Honored were: Gov. David Ige, Hawai‘i’s first governor of Okinawan ancestry; Military Intelligence Service veterans Shinye Gima....

Grant Murata Joins Hawaii Hochi

Grant Murata has joined The Hawai‘i Herald and the Hawaii Hochi as advertising and promotions manager. He replaces Karlton Tomomitsu, who left to pursue other business interests. Murata previously worked in advertising sales for JN...
Outgoing president Vince Watabu passes on the president’s gavel to 2018 president Courtney Takara.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs 2018 Officers

Approximately 800 people attended the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu of the Year” and installation banquet earlier this year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The festivities saw the installation of the HUOA’s youngest president to date, 31-year-old Courtney Takara. She succeeds Vince Watabu as president of the organization made up of nearly 10,000 households. In....
Photo of guests at the UJSH’s annual Tsukimi no Kai event

Community Focus – Ujsh Celebrates Tsukimi No Kai

The United Japanese Society of Hawai‘i hosted its annual Tsukimi no Kai (moon viewing) event at Kapi‘olani Community College on Aug. 18. Guests were encouraged to come dressed in a yukata or hapi coat...

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