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“Crossing Bridges” on Display

WHO/WHAT: ProjectFocus Hawaii, in partnership with the Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization, presents “Crossing Bridges” for public viewing. “Crossing Bridges,” which was featured in the Jan. 6 Hawai‘i Herald, is a photographic exhibit of...
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Cherry Blossom Cultural Events in Wahiawa

WHO/WHAT: The Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Association presents two events to celebrate the cherry blossom season. Friends and family can enjoy refreshments and local talent in Japanese entertainment on Jan. 28, and a 90-minute trolley...
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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....
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Community Focus – Sake and Food Pairings Featured At Moon and Viewing Party

Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and Kokusai Sake Kai co-hosted a celebration of this year’s rare supermoon with a Tsukimi no En, or Moon Viewing Party, on Nov. 18 at the Consul General’s residence in Nu‘uanu. (A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new full moon with the closest approach....
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Rod S. Tanonaka has been named Sergeant-at-Arms for the state House of Representatives. Tanonaka previously served as chief of staff for the late U.S. Rep. K. Mark Takai and prior to that, held the same post for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa during her first term in Congress. Tanonaka succeeds Kevin Kuroda, who retired last year....
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Hongwanji Mission School Fun Fair

WHO/WHAT: Hongwanji Mission School presents its annual Fun Fair. Enjoy this family fun day with games, food, a rock climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course and entertainment. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at...
Photo of Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA instructors (from left): Sean Sadaoka, Grant “Sandaa” Murata and Kenton Odo. (Photo courtesy Grant Murata)

Okinawan Music Performance

WHO/WHAT: Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA will perform traditional Okinawan music as part of “Ayanuji: Okinawa’s Traditional Culture – Past and Present.” This is an East-West Center Arts Program, presented in...
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“Swinging and Singing” – Filipino Jazz Men and Okinawan Women Vocalists in Japan and...

WHO/WHAT: James Roberson, a professor of anthropology in the Dept. of Intercultural Studies at Kanazawa Seiryo University in Japan, will introduce and discuss women who contributed as vocalists to the jazz and rock music...
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Community Focus – Taishöji Sötö Zen Temple Celebrates Centennial

Taishöji Sötö Mission celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a commemorative service and luncheon on Oct. 16. The theme of the celebration was “Ho-on,” or “Sweet Memories with Gratitude,” to express the...
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Community Focus – Haleiwa Shingon Mission Annual Seminar

Haleiwa Shingon Mission presented its 21st Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar on Oct. 23. Emceed by Eleanor Nitta, the program opened with welcome remarks by James Sato, followed by a moment of silence for world peace...

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