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Sumie Society Annual Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: The Sumie Society of Hawaii will present its 17th annual exhibition featuring paintings by the students of Sachie Saegusa-Sensei. The exhibit will include over 80 sumie (black ink) shikishi and nihonga ink paintings. WHEN/WHERE:...
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Royal Hawaiian Band at Manoa Valley Church

WHO/WHAT: The Royal Hawaiian Band will present a special concert featuring music specially selected for seniors. Hawaiian music is the heart and soul of the Royal Hawaiian Band, but it also performs American tunes...
Rimi Natsukawa performing at the 2017 HUOA Okinwan Festival at Kapi‘olani Park.

RIMI NATSUKAWA TO LIVESTREAM CONCERT

Late-Night Entertainment for Hawai‘i on Aug. 25 Jodie Chiemi Ching Rimi Natsukawa, whose recording of “Nada Sousou” became the signature tune for the touching Japanese romantic drama of the same name in 2006, will livestream a...
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Community Focus – Free Ukulele Practice Videos for the (Quarantined) Family

From April 5, Roy Sakuma Studios has offered lighthearted, weekly “Ukulele Practice Videos” on its website and YouTube channel at no cost to the public. Families who want to teach their children (or themselves!) this instrument, as well as distance-learning teachers, can regularly provide music lessons, whenever Roy Sakuma releases two to five new “uke”....
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Community Focus – An Oral History Project: Hawaii Life in the Time of COVID-19

Has the coronavirus pandemic devastated or overturned your life? Are you stuck at home with but naught to do, hoping to leverage the shutdown by starting to learn more about your parents, grandparents and other küpuna (elderly community members)? Have you uncovered the artist within, composing original poems/songs/lyrics (such as haiku or mele), or creating....
The 2020 cast and producers of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo played by Neal Yokota. Standing behind the Kojyo, from left to right producers Ronald Ushijima and Rika Hirata, Meakashi Kingoro (Kurt Murao), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Ina Chang), Tadanobu Rihei (Kristine Wada), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Jill Kuramoto), Nippon Daemon (Brian Kealoha), and producers Robert Nagao and Gregg Mueller. Standing in back, Nango Rikimaru (Jacce Mikulanec).

“Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” Play Highlights 2020 HJCC Shinnen Enkai

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Year of the Rat with its 75th annual shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet) on Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Waikiki. About 400 HJCC members and their family and friends attended the event. The shinnen enkai is always well attended, with people enjoying fellowship and the introduction of....
Deigo Club president Tadashi Kinjo (far right) with three original Deigo Club members (from left): Masaru Nakama, Robert Nakamoto and Yasu Uyema.

Community Focus – Diego Club Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Deigo Club marked the 70th anniversary of its founding with a special gathering at the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Oct. 27, putting on a show that featured performers from Hawai‘i’s various Okinawan music and dance studios. The celebratory “Karii!” and “Kampai!” toasts were offered by Hawaii United Okinawa Association president Jocelyn “Jo” Ige and....
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Community Focus – JCAH to Honor Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture

The East Hawai‘i-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will recognize two longtime businesses at its sixth annual Nikkei Kigyo banquet, set for Friday, May 10, at Nani Mau Gardens. Hirano Store, which was established 1918, and Yamada Furniture, founded in 1929, will be presented JCAH’s 2019 Nikkei Kigyo Award. “We’re proud to recognize both companies....
Sachie Saigusa-Sensei presents Stephanie Pauling with a Beginner’s Certificate of Achievement. (Photo by Jodie Ching)

Community Focus – Sumie Society Celebrates 17th Annual Exhibition

Saigusa-Sensei presented sumie student Stephanie Pauling with her Beginner Certificate of Achievement. Pauling, a student at Makua Alii, has been learning sumie drawing for five years. “For the first two months I painted bamboo leaves, hundreds of them,” Pauling said. She said she learned over the years that, “It is the kimochi (feeling) we must....
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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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