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JCCH Fall Craft Fair

WHO/WHAT: Local artisans will gather for the first Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Fall Craft Fair, featuring assorted jewelry, textiles, clothing and more. Admission to the “Okage Sama De” historical exhibit will be free...
Book cover 'Tadaima! I Am Home, A Transnational Family History' by Tom Coffman

“Tadaima! I am Home” Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Signing of “Tadaima! I Am Home: A Transnational Family History” by award-winning historian/documentarian/author Tom Coffman. This newly published book from University of Hawai‘i Press unearths the five-generation history of a family that migrated...
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting Applications for 2020 Cultural Grants

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2020 Cultural Grant program aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. Since 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations for projects that fulfill its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. The grants are awarded....
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Hiroshima Survivor Koko Kondo Talk

WHO/WHAT: Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and peace activist Koko Kondo will share her story with the Hawai‘i community. Kondo was 7 months old on Aug. 6, 1945, when America dropped the world’s first atomic bomb...
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Koganji Temple 2019 Spring Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Koganji Temple’s Spring Bazaar will feature collectibles, housewares, gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, books, toys and more. Yummy baked goods, jams, jellies and Koganji Temple’s signature sauces will also be available for purchase. WHEN/WHERE:...
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Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Committee Raises Over $43,000 for Hiroshima Relief

“Hawai‘i for Hiroshima,” a group of organizations with ties to Hiroshima Prefecture, has raised more than $43,521 in relief funds to aid the prefecture following the heavy rains that hit Hiroshima in early July, causing widespread flooding and landslides. The rains damaged homes and businesses and claimed the lives of 108 residents and injured 17....
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Obon Ceremony Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Gannenmono

WHO/WHAT: This commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono will begin with an obon service conducted by the Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani of Moiliili Hongwanji Mission. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, July 15, at 4...
Outgoing HJCC chair, Brian Nishida presents the chair’s gavel to his successor, Melanie Okazaki.

Community Focus – HJCC Inauguration & Generational Award Celebration

“Celebrating the Past, Honoring the Future” was the theme of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Inauguration and Generational Award Celebration, which was held July 18 in the Coral Ballroom on the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Large banners at the event declared the chamber’s mission: “Foster friendships, Connect B2B (business to business) and Mälama....
JCAH scholarship recipients Mollie Green (left) and Mayuko Yoshida

Hawaii Island Community Focus – JCAH Honors Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii honored two multigenerational Big Island businesses — Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture — at its annual Nikkei Kigyo Awards banquet on May 10 at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. The two longtime Nikkei businesses are now run by Sansei and Gosei family members.
The Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji delivers the sermon at a past Ireisai service held at ‘Alae Cemetery, located just north of Hilo town. Local Japanese community groups and temples offer floral arrangements at the Ireito monument. (Photo by Eloise Hiura)

Community Focus – Ireisai Hoyo Memorial Service Set for Aug. 25 in Hilo

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will hold the 80th Ireisai Hoyo Memorial Service at ‘Alae Cemetery in Hilo on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. The annual observance was initiated by the late territorial Sen. Sanji Abe, who had the 14-foot, 7-and-one-half-inch marble monument cast in Japan in August of 1938. The memorial was....

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