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Spotlight – Bamboo Ridge Turns 40 with a Book and a Bash

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen Chinen Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawai‘i’s go-to publisher for local literature, is celebrating its Big 4-0 with the release of a new volume of poetry, prose and art — and a birthday bash. First, the party. The “Not Pau Yet Party” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. in....

GIVING BACK AND PAYING IT FORWARD

Photo courtesty Hawaii Senate Majority Growing up in Japan, Sabrina Shizue McKenna never imagined she would one day be a Hawai‘i Supreme Court justice. “As a child, I always thought I would be a teacher,” she...
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Community Focus – Wahiawa Remembers Benefactors of Community Pool

The Wahiawa Lions Club honored 21 World War II veterans from Wahiawä who died in combat and recognized their families at the Second Annual Wahiawa War Memorial ceremony on July 10. The ceremony, which...
Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki presented made in Fukushima daruma (traditional Japanese doll symbolizing perseverance and good luck) to the three Hawai‘i Fukushima kenjinkai presidents (from left): Winston Towata of Hawaii-Shima Fukushima Kenjin Doshi Kai; Brian Moto of Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wallace Y. Watanabe of Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai.

Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Drive Launched to Aid Hiroshima Flooding Victims

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai has launched a public fundraising campaign to support victims of the recent torrential rains that devastated Hiroshima Prefecture. In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima and other western prefectures of Japan caused widespread flooding and landslides, claiming lives, injuring residents, and damaging homes and businesses. As of July 16, 101....
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“Okinawa: The Afterburn” Film Screening

WHO/WHAT: A free showing of documentary filmmaker John Junkerman’s 2015 film, “Okinawa: The Afterburn.” The film provides a comprehensive view of the World War II Battle of Okinawa, its aftermath and the ongoing struggles...
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Temari Workshops and Demonstrations at Hawaii Japanese Center

The Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo will present workshops and demonstrations featuring several TEMARI-affiliated artists on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. The program is supported by the Joyce Wright Visiting Artist Program. The...
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Eighteenth Annual Maui Matsuri

WHO/WHAT: Maui Matsuri commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono with several days of celebrating all things Japanese on the Valley Isle. Now in its 18th year, Maui Matsuri began in...

Happy 100th Birthday, David Aka!

By Karleen C. Chinen It’s not every day that you get the honor of meeting a person who has enjoyed a full century of life. In the case of David Yoshio Aka, make that 100...
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Community Focus – June 16 JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Gala” to Honor...

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor three individuals and four organizations at its “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Annual Gala” on Saturday, June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are the Onizuka Memorial Committee, ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, actor and civil rights advocate George Takei and recently....

Spotlight – Grant Murata Will Say “Thank You” with Concert

When Clarence and Judith Murata adopted their infant son in 1962, they never imagined that he would grow up to become a leader in the field of Okinawan music in Hawai‘i through uta-sanshin —...

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