Outgoing president Vince Watabu passes on the president’s gavel to 2018 president Courtney Takara.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs 2018 Officers

Approximately 800 people attended the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu of the Year” and installation banquet earlier this year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The festivities saw the installation of the HUOA’s youngest president to date, 31-year-old Courtney Takara. She succeeds Vince Watabu as president of the organization made up of nearly 10,000 households. In....

Kökua Kumamoto

Karleen C. Chinen Along road to recovery lies ahead for the people of the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto and surrounding areas such as Oita Prefecture following the April 14 and 16 earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto...

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...
Bishop Daiya Amano (right) of the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii purified and blessed the Hiroshima Peace Bell and those in attendance at the annual commemoration and peace service.

Izumo Taishakyo Hosts Annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Service

The 28th annual Hiroshima peace ceremony to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima was held on Aug. 7 at the peace bell fronting Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. The bell is a replica of the one in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. It was presented to the City and County of Honolulu by....
Teishu (tea ceremony host) Kae Pusic-Sanada prepared tea for guests (from left): Consul General Koichi Ito, Mrs. Misako Ito, Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dr. Robert Huey and Akemi Kurokawa at the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association’s Hatsudate Shiki.

Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association Welcomes 2018 With Hatsudate Shiki

Members and guests of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association, led by president George R. Ariyoshi, ushered in the Year of the Dog on Jan. 21 with the Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, at the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. In attendance for the first tea were....
Group photo of Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members and Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors - (seated, from left) Kathleen Kiyuna, Roy Shimamoto, Stanley Gono and Ken Kimura. Standing behind them (from left) are: recognition chair Ken Saiki, Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors Kano Ishibashi and Momoko Fukuyama and HHKK president Wayne Miyao.

Honolulu Hiroshima Members Greet 2017

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai held its annual membership meeting and shinnen enkai on March 12 at Natsunoya Tea House. Also in attendance was a delegation from Hiroshima, including Hiroshima’s Goodwill Ambassadors. Kenjinkai president Wayne Miyao convened a general membership meeting prior to the lunch and entertainment portion of the program, calling on the various....

Spotlight – A Magnificent Man And His Flying Machine

The descendants of Shigeru and Soyo Serikaku, joined by about 200 of their relatives and friends, gathered at Masa’s Cafeteria in Mäpunapuna on April 24 to remember and celebrate the issei adventurer “taking flight”...
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“Chibariyo” – Maui Okinawan Festival

WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!” Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as...
Photo of Circuit Judge Edward Kubo installed the officers of the Shufu Society of Hawaii.

SHUFU Society of Hawaii Installs Officers at Annual Meeting

Members of the Shufu Society of Hawaii and their guests gathered at the Waialae Country Club on March 19 for the group’s 51st Annual Meeting and Installation Luncheon. The Shufu Society of Hawaii strives to “promote better understanding of the merging of east and west cultures in Hawaii.” Members, most of whom are originally from....
Photo of Ministers and members of Higashi Hongwanji temples in Hawai‘i

Community Focus – Higashi Honganji Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Higashi Hongwanji members from Japan and throughout Hawai‘i gathered in Honolulu on Nov. 5 and 6 to celebrate Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s 100th anniversary in Hawai‘i. The milestone observance was centered around the...

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