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“Yuimaaru” – Jikoen Hongwanji Benefit Concert

WHO/WHAT: Jikoen Hongwanji Mission kicks off its capital campaign, “Ukaji Deebiru,” (“Because of You”) with a fundraising concert, “Yuimaaru,” featuring members of the Okinawan folk music group, Urizun Minyo Group, and other performers. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday,...
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Hanayagi Dancing Academy Presents “Osarai Kai” (Recital)

WHO/WHAT: The Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation will present its “Osarai Kai,” (recital) at which its new principal, Shihan Hanayagi Mitsujyuro, and vice principal, Hanayagi Mitsuakemi, will be introduced. The Hanayagi-ryu school of classical Japanese...
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Pacific Buddhist Academy’s 11th Annual Taiko Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Pacific Buddhist Academy’s 11th annual Taiko Festival, showcasing students, faculty and guest talent. This year’s theme is “Taiji: The Yin Yang of Taiko.” “The movement of taiko generates yang. You have the rapid...
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Nakasone Dance Academy Welcomes the New Year

Teachers and students of Hooge Ryu Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy held their annual New Year’s party and a mini maizome dance performance at the ‘Aiea Elementary School cafeteria on Jan. 15. The...
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Herald Salutes

Hui O Laulima recently awarded $9,400 in cultural grants to 14 individuals and organizations. The nonprofit women’s organization is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Hui O Laulima annually offers grants to individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate the culture of Okinawa in Hawai‘i. In awarding the grants, HOL noted that....
Wreaths offered by government officials and community groups surround the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.

Spotlight – Ehime Maru 17th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony Observed

Sixteen years ago, the USS Greeneville, a nuclear-powered submarine practicing a high-speed surfacing maneuver off O‘ahu’s south shore, struck the Ehime Maru, an Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship from Ehime, Japan, puncturing a hole in its hull. Within minutes, the ship began to sink. The Feb. 9, 2001, tragedy took the lives of nine....
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Rakugo By Yanagiya Sankyo

WHO/WHAT: The UH Center for Japanese Studies, the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and a cultural affairs agency for the Government of Japan present a performance by veteran rakugo performer Yanagiya Sankyo. It...
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Rikka, Uchinaa-Nkai! – Creating An Uchinaaguchi Textbook And Diversity in Uchinaaguchi

WHO/WHAT: “Rikka, Uchinaa-nkai!” is the first Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language) textbook written in English. Lead author Masashi Sakihara will talk about his experience writing it and the difficulties his team faced editing it. The textbook...
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AARP Hawaii Caregiver Conference

WHO/WHAT: AARP sponsors this conference to provide caregivers with knowledge and to relieve some of the stress that comes with providing the vital service of caring for others. This year’s conference will focus on how...
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Community Focus – Beiju Honorees To Be Recognized At East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai...

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai will celebrate the new year at its annual luncheon meeting to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. People with ancestral roots in Hiroshima or who have an interest in Japan are encouraged to attend the luncheon and join the organization. President Tommy....

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