Poster for screening 'And Then They Came for Us' - a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment

“And Then They Came for Us” Screening

WHO/WHAT: The screening of “And Then They Came for Us,” a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment are...
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Hiroshima Survivor Koko Kondo Talk

WHO/WHAT: Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and peace activist Koko Kondo will share her story with the Hawai‘i community. Kondo was 7 months old on Aug. 6, 1945, when America dropped the world’s first atomic bomb...
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi in a group photo with the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai’s 2019 officers and directors.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Welcomes “Year of the Boar”

The Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai welcomed the “Year of the Boar” at its annual general membership meeting and shinnenkai at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 10. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his wife Misako. President Keith Sakuda....
Professor Hirotaka Arai leads the Hakuoh University Handbell Choir playing their numerous handbells.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Performs in Hawaii

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir shared its amazing handbell music at a friendship luncheon hosted by Hakuoh vice president and board chair Joji Kamioka on Feb. 19 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The choir also presented free concerts at Central Union Church, Windward Community College and Leeward Community College.
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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veteran Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and....
Cherry Blossom Festival queen Lauren Sugai randomly drew the winning ballots of the 36th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest. She is pictured with Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. president Taro Yoshida.

Community Focus – Queen Lauren Sugai Draws “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contest”...

Newly crowned Cherry Blossom Festival queen Lauren Sugai drew the winning entries in the 36th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest. Sugai pulled Käne‘ohe resident Jemalee Wong’s ballot for the first prize of a $500 travel gift certificate from Regal Travel.
Photo of miscellaneous fabric and materials for sewers and crafters to create with

“14the Bolts of Fabric & Fun”

WHO/WHAT: A celebration of textiles and a fundraiser for TEMARI Hawaii. Artists and crafters clear out their workrooms and sell those precious items at “Bolts,” where the Japanese immigrant principle of mottainai, don’t waste,...
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“Echos of Uchina Deeku (Taiko) in Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko celebrates its 50th anniversary in Hawai‘i with an Okinawan taiko performance. Master instructor Terry Higa-Sensei has led Mitsufumi Taiko Kai of Hawaii since 1990. The performance also celebrates the auspicious...
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The “Japanese Turn” in U.S. Fine Dining

WHO/WHAT: Pomona College history professor and Kailua native Dr. Samuel Yamashita talks about the marriage of French and Japanese cuisine. The movement began in the 1970s when Japanese chefs began training with nouvelle cuisine...
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Community Focus – East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai: Call for 2019-2020 Scholarship Applicants

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is currently accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to begin their post high school education this fall. The application deadline is Saturday, April 6 (applications must be postmarked by April 6).

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