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“The Musubi Book” Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Mana Musubi shop co-owner Manabu Asaoka will introduce his new book, “The Musubi Book,” celebrating the popular triangular rice snack. Asaoka will also do a mini musubi demonstration, share some of his recipes...

Kökua Kumamoto

Karleen C. Chinen Along road to recovery lies ahead for the people of the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto and surrounding areas such as Oita Prefecture following the April 14 and 16 earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto...
Mike Tokunaga (far left), representing S. Tokunaga Store, is pictured with JCAH president Ivan Nakano (center) and Nikkei Kigyo Award Banquet co-chair Roland Higashi. (Photos courtesy JCAH)

Spotlight – JCAH “Nikkei Kigyo Banquet” Honors Kuwaye Trucking Inc. and S. Tokunaga’s Store

The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii presented its 2018 Nikkei Kigyo Award to Kuwaye Trucking, Inc. (established in 1912) and S. Tokunaga Store (established in 1920) at its Fifth Annual Nikkei Kigyo Banquet on Feb. 2. “We are indeed honored to recognize both companies: Kuwaye Trucking is now led by third-generation family member Wayne....
Photo of JWSF president-elect Cathy Iwai presents a check for $10,000 to Kuakini Foundation president Gary Kajiwara for Kuakini Home

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates New Year

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation welcomed 2017 — “the Year of the Rooster” — with its annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 29. A bake sale, “Lucky Me” bidding and fukubukuro (surprise grab bag) sales preceded lunch and a short business meeting. Board member Deborah Huebler emceed the event, introducing....
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Obon Celebration Performance By Hiromi Junta

WHO/WHAT: Japanese singer, songwriter and composer Hiromi Junta will present a performance of original compositions from her homeland, Tokunoshima, in the Amami archipelago near Okinawa. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, July 6, at 7:15 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission...
Photo of Filmmaker Steven Okazaki (center) with actor Yosuke Natsuki (left) and Toshiro Mifune’s grandson Rikiya Mifune. (Photo courtesy Steven Okazaki)

Community Focus – “Mifune: The Last Samurai” Opens Dec. 9 at Kahala Theaters

“Mifune: The Last Samurai,” a documentary on legendary actor Toshiro Mifune by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, will begin its Hawai‘i theatrical run on Friday, Dec. 9, at Consolidated’s Kahala Theaters. Mifune’s grandson, Rikiya...
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“Reframing Fukushima After 3.11: Two Stories”

WHO/WHAT: Two films about life after the 2011 Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. The first film, “Haru Yo Koi: Bears, Honey Bees and Akio-san,” tells the struggles of Akio Inomata, a bear hunter, who...
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Hui O Laulima Accepting 2018 Cultural Grant Applications

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2018 Cultural Grant program. All prospective grant projects/activities should take place during the 2018 January-December calendar year. Applications, including the complete list of criteria, are due by July 31. Hui O Laulima has been awarding grants and scholarships since 1984. To date, the organization has awarded more....
Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and Kuakini’s healthcare team in front of the Kuakini columbarium following the May 28 memorial service. At the far right is the Rev. Takamasa Yamamura. Kuakini Health System president and CEO Gary Kajiwara stands in the front row, third from the left. (Photo courtesy of Kuakini Health Systems)

Community Focus – Kuakini Honors Issei in Annual Memorial Service

Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary and Kuakini Health System’s administration team honored former Issei residents of Kuakini Home at a memorial ceremony on May 28. The service was held at the Kuakini Columbarium at the Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu‘uanu in conjunction with the obon season. Most of the 141 Issei interred in the columbarium....
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HUOA Autumn Dance Matsuri

WHO/WHAT: Every year, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association holds its “Autumn Dance Matsuri.” The indoor bon dance is the last dance of the obon season. Traditional Okinawan numbers are combined with time-honored and contemporary...

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