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....

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...
Group photo of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2016-2017 Kenjin Kai Outstanding Members honorees.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed....
Group Photo of “Picture Bride Stories” author Barbara F. Kawakami and Masaharu Saito with the family of picture bride Tei Saito.

Barbara Kawakami To Speak On “Picture Bride Stories” at Hawai‘i Japanese Center in Hilo

Author and plantation era historian Barbara F. Kawakami will present a talk on her new book, “Picture Bride Stories,” on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo. The book, which was published last summer by University of Hawai‘i Press, was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s 2016-2017 Award for....
Photo of the 2016 Hui Makaala scholarship recipients.

Community Focus – Hui Makaala Holds Fundraising Fashion Show

Hui Makaala held its 47th scholarship fundraising fashion show luncheon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on July 24. The show featured fashions by three design groups — Dolkii, by sisters Shaiyanne Dar...
Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy keiki gave guests a preview of what they can expect at the Oct. 21 dance concert.

Spotlight – Nakasone Dance Academy Plans Oct. 21 Concert at Blaisdell

Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy will celebrate its 61st anniversary with a grand dance program this fall. The Okinawan dance school was started by Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone shortly after she immigrated to Hawai‘i as the young bride of Clarence Tomokazu Nakasone. Over the decades Nakasone-Sensei has passed on the art to....

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...
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...
Photo of New Year blessings at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu. (Courtesy photo)

Hatsumode 2017 – Blessings For The New Year

• IZUMO TAISHAKYO MISSION OF HAWAII 215 N. Kukui St. (‘A‘ala area), 538-7778 Jan. 1: Midnight-5 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessed sake and candies will be served. Omamori and Ofuda (Amulet) available for...

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