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“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...
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Bon Dance Season Comes to a Close

Labor Day weekend marks not only the end of summer, but also the close of Hawai‘i’s obon and bon dance season for the year. But, there are still three more festivals that you can...
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Cultural Fusion 2016

WHO/WHAT: Senju Kai Hawaii presents this holiday fundraising event, featuring Okinawan music and dance, food and drinks, a kachashi dance contest and silent auction. Proceeds will help offset costs for the school’s recitals, costume...
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Natsumero Charity Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will hold a charity concert to celebrate the completion of the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza. There will be performances by local karaoke singers and their teachers, as well as...
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Spotlight – Jodie Chiemi Ching Joins Hawaii Herald Staff

If you read our May 4 edition, you know by now that one of The Hawai‘i Herald’s pillars for 26 years — Gwen Battad Ishikawa — has moved on to a new career. Although I did not work with Gwen for all 26 years of her tenure here at the Herald, we did work together....
Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki presented made in Fukushima daruma (traditional Japanese doll symbolizing perseverance and good luck) to the three Hawai‘i Fukushima kenjinkai presidents (from left): Winston Towata of Hawaii-Shima Fukushima Kenjin Doshi Kai; Brian Moto of Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wallace Y. Watanabe of Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai.

Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Drive Launched to Aid Hiroshima Flooding Victims

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai has launched a public fundraising campaign to support victims of the recent torrential rains that devastated Hiroshima Prefecture. In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima and other western prefectures of Japan caused widespread flooding and landslides, claiming lives, injuring residents, and damaging homes and businesses. As of July 16, 101....
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Community Focus – Ryukyu Sokyoku Hozon Kai Hawai‘i Shibu Debut Recital Set for Nov....

Ryukyu Sokyoku Hozon Kai Hawaii Shibu, led by Sarina Udd-Sensei, will present its debut recital on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Kaimukï High School Auditorium. The recital, themed “Habatake Sekai Ni,” which means to...
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Community Focus – Fukuoka Holds Shinnen Enkai

Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members spent a part of their Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5) at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, enjoying the organization’s annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and his wife Yoko. Gov. Ariyoshi installed the....
Photo of outgoing UJSH president Cyrus Tamashiro (right) presents the president’s gavel to his successor, Dean Asahina.

Community Focus – Dean Asahina Installed as United Japanese Society President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii installed its 2016-2017 officers on June 25 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific presented the “call to celebration” with...
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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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