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Hatsumode 2019 – Blessings for the New Year | Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii...

Jan. 1: midnight-5 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessed sake and candies will be served. Omamori and ofuda (amulet) available for purchase. Free parking available on Jan. 1 at HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union...
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Kadomatsu Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Kadomatsu workshop led by Rick Hoo. Kadomatsu are Japanese good luck bamboo and pine arrangements that adorn the entrance to many homes at New Year’s. Rick Hoo began making kadomatsu with TEMARI, Center...

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...

Second Daniel K. Inoyue Lecture Weighs Civil Liberties And National Security

Karleen C. Chinen On April 19, two former members of the United States Congress who met more than 70 years ago on opposites sides of a relocation camp barbed wire fence in Wyoming shared the...

“The Journey From Within: Lessons From Leaders on Finding Your Philosophical Core”

WHO/WHAT: Former Gov. George Ariyoshi, retired University of Hawai‘i President Dr. Fujio Matsuda, Hawaiian resource specialist Earl Kawa‘a and businessman Duane Kurisu will participate in a discussion related to the release of the book,...
Group photo (front row, from left): David Arakawa, Randy Kuba, Dexter Teruya, Mark Higa (performance chair) and Sandra Goya.

Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai 20th Anniversary Performance Set for May 21

When Frances Nakachi moved to Hawai‘i from Okinawa in 1986, she said she found herself feeling at home in the Okinawan community. Everyone seemed like ‘ohana, or as they say in Okinawa, Ichariba chödë — “Once we meet, we are family.” So she took her passion for Okinawan dance and created a school that celebrates....
Photo of Yamagata Gov. Mieko Yoshimura and Consul General Yasushi Misawa

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Honors New Octogenarians With An 80th Birthday Party

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 27 O‘ahu Nikkei who are celebrating their 80th birthday this year by throwing them a grand celebration. The UJSH’s 42nd annual Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai (Senior Citizens...
Photo of City Councilmember Ernie Martin at the 2014 “Sakura Safari – Hana Mi.” (Photo courtesy Ernie Martin)

Cherry Blossom Cultural Events in Wahiawa

WHO/WHAT: The Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Association presents two events to celebrate the cherry blossom season. Friends and family can enjoy refreshments and local talent in Japanese entertainment on Jan. 28, and a 90-minute trolley...
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Kuakini Foundation’s 14th Annual “Holiday Trees and Treasures”

WHO/WHAT: “Holiday Trees and Treasures” is Kuakini Foundation’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will help Kuakini purchase new high-tech equipment, fund capital improvement projects, develop new services and programs and further it biomedical...
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 Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan. Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito made the presentation....

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