Former Wakaba Kai sorority members gathered for a group photo at their recent 68th reunion at the JCCH. Inset: Wakaba Kai founder Lillian Yajima tells the former sorority members about Wakaba Kai’s early days. (Photos by Clinton Inouye)

Community Focus – Wakaba Kai Sorority Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Former members of the University of Hawai‘i’s Wakaba Kai gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Oct. 22 to celebrate the sorority’s 68th anniversary. Wakaba Kai, which means “young leaves” in Japanese, was founded in 1949 by Lillian Yajima. Young female UH students who pledged to the sorority could be seen carrying a....
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Community Focus – Japanese Language Taught at UH-Manoa Outreach College

The UH Mänoa Outreach College is offering classes in Japanese language for three levels of learning: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The classes (10 classes per season) are held three times a year (spring/summer/fall). Classes will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Each session is split into two parts, consisting of grammar, reading....
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Rakugo By Yanagiya Sankyo

WHO/WHAT: The UH Center for Japanese Studies, the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and a cultural affairs agency for the Government of Japan present a performance by veteran rakugo performer Yanagiya Sankyo. It...
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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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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A Washington Place Christmas

WHO/WHAT: Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, together with the Washington Place Foundation, will host this special holiday event. Christmas trees and holiday decorations will be on view throughout Washington Place. There...
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival contestants were introduced at the Ohana Festival. They are (from left): Mika Nakashige, Colette Masunaga, Kristen Yamamoto, Kaydi Hashima, Rhianna Taniguchi, Ariel Stenek, Melanie Carrié, Joy Nakahara, Kylie Hisatake, Chelsea Briggs, Cindy Nakagawa, Renni Iwasa, Karly Kaneshiro, Shelby Meador and Jordie Ocenar. (Photo courtesy Cherry Blossom Festival)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival got its official kick-off on Jan. 14 with the introduction of the 15 queen contestants at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored annually by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festival theme is Inspire.....
The 2018 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts: (from left) Princess Jolee Tanaka and Dylan Tajima, Princess Lannie Hisashima and Rielyn Domingo, Queen Erin Tanaka and Bryson Uchima, Princess Kayleen Lau and Kayden Lanakila Choda-Kowalski, and Princess Kara Nakahashi and Xaden Nishimitsu. (Photo by Nagamine Photo Studio)

2018 Chrysanthemum Festival Queen Crowned

Erin Tanaka, a 15-year-old sophomore at Seabury Hall, was crowned queen of the 66th Chrysanthemum Festival last Dec. 8 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Tanaka is the daughter of Lori and Kirk Tanaka of Wailuku. Selected as princesses were: • Lannie Hisashima, 16, of Ha‘ikü, a junior at King Kekaulike High....
The 2019 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Chef Alan Wong. Standing from left are: Meakashi Kingoro (Kevin Ching), and dorobo Nango Rikimaru (Kristin Alm Kamakahi), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Daisuke “Duke” Ueda), Tadanobu Rihei (Ray Tsuchiyama), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Jennifer Okubo) and Nippon Daemon (Ala Kinuhata).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 74th Gonin Otoko Play

Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce members and their guests rang in the “Year of the Boar (or Pig, if you prefer)” at the chamber’s 74th annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 4 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The event was attended by some 300 people, including HJCC members, their families and friends.....
Book Cover, titled 'The Three-Year Swim Club' by Julie Checkoway

HoMA Book Club: “The Three-year Swim Club”

WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Book Club presents a discussion on Julie Checkoway’s “The Three-Year Swim Club,” the 1930s story about a group of Maui sugar plantation kids and Coach Soichi Sakamoto, the...

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