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...

64th Cherry Blossom Festival Court Selected

Alexis Sayuri Okihara was selected the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival queen at the Festival Ball on March 26. Joining her on the court are First Princess Brittney Yasuko Kawahara, Princesses Ritsuko Sarah Tomari, Kristi...

Cherry Blossom Trees Planted At Helemano Plantation

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Helemano Plantation in Wahiawä is now home to 12 cherry blossom trees from Japan — with 88 more to come when they are ready for planting, for a grand total of 100...

Urasenke Tankokai And Grand Master Sen Celebrate Auspicious 65th

Karleen C. Chinen At age 92 — and soon to be 93 — Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th generation Urasenke grand tea master, doesn’t waste a day in promoting what has been his life’s mission:...

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...

World War II Nisei Soldiers Remembered At Joint Memorial Service

Karleen C. Chinen With each passing year, there are fewer and fewer of them. But for those surviving Nisei veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer...

Peace Boat Docked In Honolulu

Gwen Battad Ishikawa On July 12, a luxury cruise ship docked at Honolulu Harbor. Unlike other cruise ships that bring tourists to our Islands, Peace Boat carried not only tourists, but also eight hibakusha (atomic...

Honouliuli Dedicated As National Historic Monument

It was warm and humid on the morning of March 31, but the uncomfortable conditions could not dampen the spirits of the crowd gathered for the dedication of the former Honouliuli Internment Camp site...

Aloha ‘Oe Tagata-San… Aloha Taro-San

Karleen C. Chinen Aloha is that special Hawaiian word that expresses many sentiments. We say “Aloha . . .,” or “Aloha ‘oe,” in bidding someone special a fond farewell. And, we also say “Aloha ....

Kimberly Takata Named Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

Gwen Battad Ishikawa The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival came to a close on March 22 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, when the new queen and court were announced at the Festival Ball. The festival, sponsored by...

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