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“Okinawa: The Afterburn” Film Screening

WHO/WHAT: A free showing of documentary filmmaker John Junkerman’s 2015 film, “Okinawa: The Afterburn.” The film provides a comprehensive view of the World War II Battle of Okinawa, its aftermath and the ongoing struggles...
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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...
From left: Misako Ito, Consul General Koichi Ito, Imperial Decoration recipient Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dean Jerris Hedges and former University of Hawai‘i president Dr. Fujio Matsuda.

Community Focus – Dr. Satoru Izutsu Awarded Imperial Decoration

Dr. Satoru Izutsu, recently retired vice dean and director of admissions for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, The Order of the...
Colin Nakagawa of the Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm and his father, Susumu Nakagawa, with Roland Higashi and Ivan Nakano of JCAH.

Community Focus – Japanese Community Association of Hawaii Honors Dodo Mortuary and the Seaside...

The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii recently recognized two 100-plus-year Hawai‘i island businesses as its 2017 Nikkei Kigyo Award honorees — Dodo Mortuary Inc., established in 1898; and The Seaside Restaurant, established in...
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Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association Offering 2018-19 Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the 2018-19 academic...
Promo ad for celebrating Sanki's (Japanese Goods Retailer) 5th Anniversary in Hawaii

“Kikaida and Friends” Celebrate with Sanki

WHO/WHAT:  JN Productions, Inc. and Generation Kikaida partner with Japanese goods retailer Sanki, to celebrate Sanki’s fifth anniversary in Hawai‘i. Kikaida, Hakaida, and scary monsters will be available for free picture-taking, and Ban Daisuke, star...

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...
Photo of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki

An Evening of Edo Sato Kagura

WHO/WHAT: Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii, the East-West Center Arts Program and Taiko Arts Center present a free performance of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki. Suzuki is...
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Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: Traditional Japanese New Year’s blessings will be given at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii beginning at midnight, New Year’s Eve. Everyone is welcomed to visit the shrine to express gratitude for the blessings...

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on Jan. 11 was the setting for the kick-off of the 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual project of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber...

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