Neal s. Blaisdell Center Rededicated As War Memorial

Gwen Battad Ishikawa A plaque dedicating the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a war memorial — as it was originally intended back in the 1960s when it was built — was rededicated last November with...

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...

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...

Military Intelligence Service Exhibit Opens At Hawaii Army Museum

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy in Waikïkï recently opened “America’s Secret Weapon,” a colorful new exhibit that tells the little-known story of the 6,000 Japanese Americans who served in the...

Fundraising Campaign Launched For Hiroshima Landslide Victims

The “Hawai‘i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee” recently kicked off a campaign to raise funds to aid the people of Hiroshima City following the massive landslides of Aug. 19. Seventy-two residents were killed in the...
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.....

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 —...

World War II Nisei Soldiers Remembered At Joint Memorial Service

Karleen C. Chinen With each passing year, there are fewer and fewer of them. But for those surviving Nisei veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer...
Photo of Filmmaker Steven Okazaki (center) with actor Yosuke Natsuki (left) and Toshiro Mifune’s grandson Rikiya Mifune. (Photo courtesy Steven Okazaki)

Community Focus – “Mifune: The Last Samurai” Opens Dec. 9 at Kahala Theaters

“Mifune: The Last Samurai,” a documentary on legendary actor Toshiro Mifune by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, will begin its Hawai‘i theatrical run on Friday, Dec. 9, at Consolidated’s Kahala Theaters. Mifune’s grandson, Rikiya...

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...

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