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Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin will hold its annual bazaar featuring ‘ono food and drinks, entertainment, a variety of handcrafted items and many other “hidden treasures.” The bazaar will also feature Maui-style “flying saucers,”...
Photos of Taiko drummers of Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

WHO/WHAT: Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko — the school’s student taiko group — and PBA’s faculty will present their annual taiko festival. ”Koi-Koi! — Let’s Go!” is the theme of this...
From left: Misako Ito, Consul General Koichi Ito, Imperial Decoration recipient Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dean Jerris Hedges and former University of Hawai‘i president Dr. Fujio Matsuda.

Community Focus – Dr. Satoru Izutsu Awarded Imperial Decoration

Dr. Satoru Izutsu, recently retired vice dean and director of admissions for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan. Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito made the presentation....
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu executive board take their oath of office: Front row, from left: Sharon Shimabukuro, Roberta Umeno, Bonnie Miyashiro, Sara Nakatsu, Derek Fujio, Jane Kaneshiro and Yoneko Yamashiro Edmonson. Back row, from left: Kazumi Iho, Grace Carmichael, Diane Kawamoto, Kathy Shigemura, Sadayo Tamaki and Sato Shankles.

Community Focus – Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Installs New Officers

Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu installed its new officers at a dinner banquet on Jan. 28 at the Pagoda Restaurant. The Koyo Kai is made up of six Okinawan koto schools on O‘ahu. The organization recognized two koto sensei who recently retired — Diane Hatsuko Kaya-Sensei and Chieko Miyasato-Sensei — and thanked them for....
Deputy Director of the Dept. of Budget of Finance, Ken Kitamura

Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Ken Kitamura to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance. Kitamura was formerly business management officer for the Department of Human Services. In his new post, he will support Budget and Finance director Laurel Johnston in assuring compliance with the director’s primary roles and responsibilities as....

Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation Recital

WHO/WHAT: The Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation will present its annual maizome, or recital, showcasing the accomplishments of the students over the past year. The program will feature 24 dance and nagauta (long song) shamisen...
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The Pacific War as Seen by Nisei Soldiers of the MIS

WHO/WHAT: The UH Manoa Library and the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies will present a public talk focusing on the Pacific War from the perspective of the Nisei soldiers who served there with the...
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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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