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AARP Caregiver Workshops

WHO/WHAT: AARP is holding free workshops for caregivers. The Kaua‘i and Big Island/West Hawai‘i were held in February. The following information is for workshops on Maui, O‘ahu and the Big Island/East Hawai‘i. WHEN/WHERE: • MAUI Saturday,...
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....
The 2017 UJSH Young Achievers with their respective kenjinkai president (from left): UJSH president Sheree Tamura, Honolulu Fukuoka Kenjin Kai “Achiever” Janelle Settsu with president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai; Hawaii United Okinawa Association Achiever Brandon Ing with president Vince Watabu; and Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai Achiever Karly Kanehiro with president Wallace Watanabe.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Welcomes “Year of the Dog”

Members and supporters of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii welcomed the “Year of the Dog” with a festive New Year’s celebration on Jan. 6 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Students from the Pacific Buddhist Academy’s taiko group opened the program with a “Call to Celebration.” After observing a moment of silence for....
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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...
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Hawaii’s Plantation Village Rededicates Shiroma Saimin Stand at “Noodles and Bread” Event

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii’s Plantation Village will hold a rededication ceremony of the renovated Shiroma Saimin Stand building, located inside the village. In 1997, the Shiroma family, who operated a saimin stand in Oahu Sugar Plantation’s Higashi...
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Hakuoh Handbell Choir to Perform in Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: The Hakuoh Handbell Choir celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year and will again be in Hawai‘i for public and private concerts. Hakuoh University’s music director, Professor Hirotaka Arai, established the handbell choir in 1988....
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.....
The 2017 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts: Princess Kristi Echiverri and Kawika Fernandez, Princess Jaelynn Nobriga and Logan Cabanilla-Aricayos, Queen Paige Maki Nagahama and Kai Iinuma Nakaaki, Princess Makaylen Tadeo and John Williamson, and Princess Sokha Furumoto and Caleb Perreira. (Photo by Nagamine Photo Studio)

Community Focus – 2017 Chrysanthemum Festival Queen Crowded

Paige Maki Nagahama was crowned queen of the 65th Chrysanthemum Festival, which was held Dec. 2 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, Maui. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans and co-sponsored by the County of Maui. Nagahama, 17, of Wailuku, is the daughter....
The 2018 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Caroline Witherspoon. Standing from left are: emcees Keven Matsuura and Alexis Okihara; dorobo Tadanobu Rihei (George Takase), Nango Rikimaru (Guy Tanioka), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Richard Manungas), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Cynthia Yamasaki) and Nippon Daemon (Yasuhiko Ishikawa). Missing from photo: Meakashi Kingoro (Brandon Miyagi).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 73rd Gonin Otoko Play

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the “Year of the Dog” at its 73rd annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 5. The event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was attended by a sold-out audience of 300, including HJCC members, their families and friends. The highlight of the event was the “Shoko....
Teishu (tea ceremony host) Kae Pusic-Sanada prepared tea for guests (from left): Consul General Koichi Ito, Mrs. Misako Ito, Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dr. Robert Huey and Akemi Kurokawa at the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association’s Hatsudate Shiki.

Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association Welcomes 2018 With Hatsudate Shiki

Members and guests of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association, led by president George R. Ariyoshi, ushered in the Year of the Dog on Jan. 21 with the Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, at the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. In attendance for the first tea were....

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