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Eighteenth Annual Maui Matsuri

WHO/WHAT: Maui Matsuri commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono with several days of celebrating all things Japanese on the Valley Isle. Now in its 18th year, Maui Matsuri began in...
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Annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Ceremony

WHO/WHAT: The annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Ceremony will mark the 73rd anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. The Rev. Daiya Amano of the Hawaii Izumo Taishakyo Mission will open the...
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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...
The 2019 United Japanese Society of Hawaii Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai honorees are pictured with UJSH president Rev. Akihiro Okada (standing, far left) and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito (standing, far right). (Hawaii Hochi photo by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Community Focus – UJSH Recognizes New Octogenarians

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 24 new 80-year-olds at its annual “Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai” program on Sept. 28 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The program is held in conjunction with the observance of “Keiro no Hi,” or “Respect for the Aged Day,” which is a national holiday....
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Gannenmono Exhibit Closing Soon

WHO/WHAT: “Gannenmono: A Legacy of Eight Generations in Hawai‘i” exhibit. Featured in the exhibit are historic documents and illustrations, cultural objects and first-hand accounts of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants to settle in...
Photo of a bonsai plant promoting Pacific Bonsai Club Plant Fair

Pacific Bonsai Club Plant Fair

WHO/WHAT: The Pacific Bonsai Club will hold its annual plant fair and sale. Club members will be available to answer questions on how to care for your bonsai plants. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30...
Standing, from left: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige with 2019 HUOA Legacy Award honorees from Hawai‘i — Arthur Kaneshiro, Roy Yamaguchi and George Tamashiro — along with deputy consul general of Japan Shinichi Yamanaka and 2019 HUOA president Jocelyn Ige. Seated (from left) are the Legacy Award honorees from Okinawa: Akira Makiya, Choko Takayama and Asami Ginoza.

Herald Salutes – HUOA Legacy Award

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its Legacy Award to eight individuals — four from Hawai‘i and four from Okinawa — for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community. The awards were presented at a luncheon banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on Nov. 2. Honored from Hawai‘i were....
HoMA's Book Club: 'Cane Fires' by Kaui Philpotts

HoMA’s Book Club: “Cane Fires” By Kaui Philpotts

WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Book Club presents a discussion on Kaui Philpotts’ “Cane Fires,” a book comprised of short stories set in post World War II Hawai‘i, a period when sugar and...
Terry Higa-Sensei holds his shihan (master teacher) certificate after Morikatsu Kishaba-Sensei (center) presented it to him during the performance. Pictured with them is Kimiko Shimabukuro-Sensei from Okinawa, who was Hawaii Taiko Kai’s first teacher when the group organized in 1987.

Community Focus – Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hawaii Performance

The 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Hozon Kai was celebrated in Hawai‘i on April 14 with an exciting and colorful taiko, music and dance performance in the Hawaii Okinawa Center’s Albert T. and Wallace T. Teruya Pavilion. Titled “Hawaii ni Hibiku Uchina De-ku (Echoes of Uchina De-ku in Hawaii),” the program featured performances....
Photo of singer, Allison Arakawa, singing in a bright red kimono, mic in hand

“Hawaii Nikkei Legacy” Exhibit on Kauai

WHO/WHAT: A photographic exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai’i travels to Kaua‘i. The 6:45 p.m. opening will feature a performance by singer Allison Arakawa, known for her moving renditions...

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