Wreaths offered by government officials and community groups surround the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.

Spotlight – Ehime Maru 17th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony Observed

Sixteen years ago, the USS Greeneville, a nuclear-powered submarine practicing a high-speed surfacing maneuver off O‘ahu’s south shore, struck the Ehime Maru, an Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship from Ehime, Japan, puncturing a hole in its hull. Within minutes, the ship began to sink. The Feb. 9, 2001, tragedy took the lives of nine....
Group Photo of Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) 2016 “Legacy Award”

Spotlight – HUOA Honors Five With “Legacy Award”

SPOTLIGHT By Karleen C. Chinen Karleen C. Chinen The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented five individuals with its “Legacy Award” on Dec. 4 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Over 400 people attended the event, which featured a silent auction as well as special entertainment honoring the five honorees. HUOA president Tom Yamamoto described....
Onizuka siblings Claude Onizuka and Shirley Matsuoka and astronaut Col. Edward Michael Fincke of the NASA astronaut office at the bust of Ellison Onizuka on his 71st birthday, which was marked by the opening of the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance at JCCH.

Spotlight – Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Collection Finds New Home at JCCH

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen C. Chinen Beloved Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka’s 71st birthday was remembered and celebrated on June 24 with the opening of “The Ellison Onizuka Remembrance” at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The collection is now part of the center’s “Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you” permanent exhibit.....
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....
Photo of Retired Army Gen. and former Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki

Community – AJA Soldiers’ Artifacts Sought for National Museum of the U.S. Army

The U.S. Army plans to open the National Museum of the United States Army — NMUSA — near Washington, D.C., in 2019 that will include recognition of World War II AJA soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service, 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Work on the three-story, 185,000-square-foot facility is underway on 83....
Nomura-Ryü Ongaku Kyö Kai, Hawai‘i Shibu, president Seichi Yagi (far left) with “Uta nu Hana” concert co-chairs Muriel Donnan, Grace Carmichael and Norman Kaneshiro.

Spotlight – Nomura-ryu Ongaku Kyo Ka 50th Anniversary Sanshin Concert Set For June 3

The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Nomura-Ryü Ongaku Kyö Kai, Hawaii Shibu, will be observed with the staging of an Okinawan sanshin concert, “Uta nu Hana,” on Saturday, June 3, at the...
Yoko Waki (left) and Marian Okada will discuss the meaning of Japanese names at the workshop.

Japanese Name Interpretation Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Come and learn about “What’s in a Japanese name!” JCCH Tokioka Heritage Resource Center volunteer Marian Okada and Yoko Waki will provide an extensive general overview of Japanese personal names, including a discussion...
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“An Evening in Waipio” Craft Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii United Okinawa Association hosts its annual evening craft fair featuring select vendors. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday. Dec. 7, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Hawaii Okinawa Center, 94-587 Uke‘e St. in Waipio. Call 676-5400 or visit...
Group photo of the "Living Treasures"

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honors Five As “Living Treasures”

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i inducted five more Living Treasures of Hawai‘i™ at its 42nd annual program on Feb. 11 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Honored for their sustained contributions to enriching the community in Hawai‘i were: Bishop Ryokan Ara of the Tendai Mission of Hawaii, businesswoman and Hawaiian rights advocate Beatrice....
July 8 2017 Tanabata Festival at Hawaii Japanese Center

Tanabata Festival July 8, 2017 10AM – 2PM

  WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Japanese Center will celebrate its second annual Tanabata (Star Festival) on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features children’s make-and-take craft activities and games. There will...

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