Evan Nagao demonstrates his yo-yo mastery. (Photo courtesy JCAH)

Big Island Community Focus – Hilo “Kodomo No Matsuri Set” For May 12

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, will hold its ninth biennial Kodomo no Matsuri — Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. In Japan, May 5 has been designated as “Kodomo no Hi,“ a day to honor all....

Spotlight – A Magnificent Man And His Flying Machine

The descendants of Shigeru and Soyo Serikaku, joined by about 200 of their relatives and friends, gathered at Masa’s Cafeteria in Mäpunapuna on April 24 to remember and celebrate the issei adventurer “taking flight”...

64th Cherry Blossom Festival Court Selected

Alexis Sayuri Okihara was selected the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival queen at the Festival Ball on March 26. Joining her on the court are First Princess Brittney Yasuko Kawahara, Princesses Ritsuko Sarah Tomari, Kristi...
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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 – Herald Salutes

Central Pacific Bank recently announced personnel changes. Dayna Matsumoto has been promoted to senior vice president and controller. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, financial management, and reporting processes, including overseeing the...
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Spotlight – JCCH Hosts GFBNEC’s “Courage and Compassion” Traveling Exhibition

A traveling exhibit chronicling the story of the Japanese American experience in World War II opened on Veterans Day at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience” was produced by the Los Angeles-based Go For Broke National Education Center. It will be on display through....
Photo of Circuit Judge Edward Kubo installed the officers of the Shufu Society of Hawaii.

SHUFU Society of Hawaii Installs Officers at Annual Meeting

Members of the Shufu Society of Hawaii and their guests gathered at the Waialae Country Club on March 19 for the group’s 51st Annual Meeting and Installation Luncheon. The Shufu Society of Hawaii strives to “promote better understanding of the merging of east and west cultures in Hawaii.” Members, most of whom are originally from....

Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Installs Officers

Members and guests of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation gathered at Waialae Country Club on July 9 for the group’s annual general membership meeting and installation. Twelve new members were recognized during the general membership...
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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...
Photo of Carole Hayashino (second from left) is pictured with JACL-Honolulu Chapter board members David Forman (far left), Alison Kunishige and Kent Mori Walther at the JACL national convention in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy JCCH)

Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Carole Hayashino, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, was honored by the national Japanese American Citizens League as one of its four Japanese American of the Biennium awardees at...

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