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Hongwanji Mission School Fun Fair

WHO/WHAT: Hongwanji Mission School presents its annual Fun Fair. Enjoy this family fun day with games, food, a rock climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course and entertainment. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at...
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Okinawan Music Performance

WHO/WHAT: Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA will perform traditional Okinawan music as part of “Ayanuji: Okinawa’s Traditional Culture – Past and Present.” This is an East-West Center Arts Program, presented in...
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“Swinging and Singing” – Filipino Jazz Men and Okinawan Women Vocalists in Japan and...

WHO/WHAT: James Roberson, a professor of anthropology in the Dept. of Intercultural Studies at Kanazawa Seiryo University in Japan, will introduce and discuss women who contributed as vocalists to the jazz and rock music...
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Community Focus – Taishöji Sötö Zen Temple Celebrates Centennial

Taishöji Sötö Mission celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a commemorative service and luncheon on Oct. 16. The theme of the celebration was “Ho-on,” or “Sweet Memories with Gratitude,” to express the...
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Community Focus – Haleiwa Shingon Mission Annual Seminar

Haleiwa Shingon Mission presented its 21st Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar on Oct. 23. Emceed by Eleanor Nitta, the program opened with welcome remarks by James Sato, followed by a moment of silence for world peace...
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Hatsumode 2017 – Blessings For The New Year

• IZUMO TAISHAKYO MISSION OF HAWAII 215 N. Kukui St. (‘A‘ala area), 538-7778 Jan. 1: Midnight-5 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessed sake and candies will be served. Omamori and Ofuda (Amulet) available for...
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24th Annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the Year of the Rooster with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year traditions. Enjoy delicious food and a...
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Community Focus – Higashi Honganji Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Higashi Hongwanji members from Japan and throughout Hawai‘i gathered in Honolulu on Nov. 5 and 6 to celebrate Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s 100th anniversary in Hawai‘i. The milestone observance was centered around the...
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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...
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“An Evening in Waipio” Craft Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii United Okinawa Association hosts its annual evening craft fair featuring select vendors. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday. Dec. 7, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Hawaii Okinawa Center, 94-587 Uke‘e St. in Waipio. Call 676-5400 or visit...

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