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Okianawa Kucho Presentation

WHO/WHAT: Allison Yanagi-Sensei, an Okinawan kucho (upright fiddle) instructor, and her student, Yukiko Pierce, will present a public performance as part of their Apprentice Mentoring Grant. The grant program is part of the Hawai‘i...
Gov. David Ige greets the veterans waiting for their marching orders prior to the start of the banquet.

Community Focus – “Go For Broke” 442nd RCT Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Close to 600 people, including 44 World War II AJA veterans, turned out for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 75th anniversary banquet on March 18 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The event, themed “Celebrating with Gratitude and Pride,” opened with the 442nd veterans filing into the Hawaii Ballroom, followed by family members of deceased veterans....
Okinawan community members joined the “Pigs from the Sea” families for the governor’s proclamation presentation at his State Capitol office on Sept. 27.

Community Focus – Governor Proclaims Sept. 27 as “Pigs From the Sea Day”

This year marks 70 years since seven Okinawan men from Hawai‘i accompanied a shipload of pigs to Okinawa to help provide relief for their war-torn island home following the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. The men transported the 536 Chester Whites that had been purchased in Nebraska to Okinawa in August 1948. In a ceremony in....
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The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the...
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Community Focus – Little League World Champions Feted at Agu Ramen

Hawai‘i’s Little League Baseball World champions were guests of honor at a special dinner at Agu Ramen restaurant at Ala Moana Center on Sept. 24. Agu Ramen owner and president Hisashi Uehara hosted the championship team to congratulate the young champs. The ‘ukulele duo, Heart and Soul, also performed for the champs.
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Festival of Japanese Dance

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Japanese Dance Association will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a weekend of events centered about the theme, “A Festival of Japanese Dance — With Much Appreciation.” The association is made up...
Fall/Winter 2017 Fashion presentation "Hamakua -State of Mind"

“Hamakua – State of Mind”

WHO/WHAT: A fall/winter 2017 fashion presentation by Hawai‘i artists Rumi Murakami and Laurie Sumiye that answers the question: “What does fall in Hawai‘i look like?” Sumiye and Murakami envisioned the lush landscapes, wide vistas...
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Community Focus – World War II AJA Soldiers to be Remembered in Oahu, Maui...

World War II AJA soldiers, their families and supporters will come together on Sunday, Sept. 25, in separate services on O‘ahu and Maui to remember fallen comrades of the Second World War. The O‘ahu Joint...

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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“Proof of Loyalty”

WHO/WHAT: PBS Hawai‘i will broadcast “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” which was shown at the recently concluded Hawaii International Film Festival. The film by documentarians Don Sellers and...

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