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.....

CENTURY-OLD SHINTO SHRINE AT HPV REDEDICATED

Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia.org The ever so humble Wakamiya Inari Shrine at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in a big way on May 4. The Shinto shrine was feted...
Photo of Onoe Kikunobu Kai members (from left) Jordan Ragasa, Onoe Kikunobukazu (Howard Asao) and Onoe Kikunobutomi (Brandon Goda) perform “Sambaso.”

United Japanese Society Welcomes “Year of the Rooster”

United Japanese Society of Hawaii members and supporters welcomed the “Year of the Rooster” with a lively New Year’s celebration at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom on Jan. 14. After opening koto music by Darin Miyashiro, the program commenced with the observance of a moment of silence for deceased UJSH members.....

Cherry Blossom Trees Planted At Helemano Plantation

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Helemano Plantation in Wahiawä is now home to 12 cherry blossom trees from Japan — with 88 more to come when they are ready for planting, for a grand total of 100...
Photo of outgoing UJSH president Cyrus Tamashiro (right) presents the president’s gavel to his successor, Dean Asahina.

Community Focus – Dean Asahina Installed as United Japanese Society President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii installed its 2016-2017 officers on June 25 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific presented the “call to celebration” with...

Alexis Sayuri Okihara Selected Cherry Blossom Queen

Gwen Battad Ishikawa “Grateful” and “excited” are two words that Alexis Sayuri Okihara used throughout her interview at the Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. offices a week after she was crowned the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival queen. The...

Jash Honors Kenneth Saiki, Ujsh

Gwen Battad Ishikawa The Japan-America Society of Hawaii presented its Bridge Award to Kenneth “Ken” Saiki, director of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association, and the United Japanese Society of Hawaii at its annual general membership...
Group photo of Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members and Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors - (seated, from left) Kathleen Kiyuna, Roy Shimamoto, Stanley Gono and Ken Kimura. Standing behind them (from left) are: recognition chair Ken Saiki, Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors Kano Ishibashi and Momoko Fukuyama and HHKK president Wayne Miyao.

Honolulu Hiroshima Members Greet 2017

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai held its annual membership meeting and shinnen enkai on March 12 at Natsunoya Tea House. Also in attendance was a delegation from Hiroshima, including Hiroshima’s Goodwill Ambassadors. Kenjinkai president Wayne Miyao convened a general membership meeting prior to the lunch and entertainment portion of the program, calling on the various....
Group photo of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2016-2017 Kenjin Kai Outstanding Members honorees.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed....

Peace Boat Docked In Honolulu

Gwen Battad Ishikawa On July 12, a luxury cruise ship docked at Honolulu Harbor. Unlike other cruise ships that bring tourists to our Islands, Peace Boat carried not only tourists, but also eight hibakusha (atomic...

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