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Nakasone Dance Academy Welcomes the New Year

Teachers and students of Hooge Ryu Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy held their annual New Year’s party and a mini maizome dance performance at the ‘Aiea Elementary School cafeteria on Jan. 15. The...
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Herald Salutes

Hui O Laulima recently awarded $9,400 in cultural grants to 14 individuals and organizations. The nonprofit women’s organization is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Hui O Laulima annually offers grants to individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate the culture of Okinawa in Hawai‘i. In awarding the grants, HOL noted that....
Wreaths offered by government officials and community groups surround the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.

Spotlight – Ehime Maru 17th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony Observed

Sixteen years ago, the USS Greeneville, a nuclear-powered submarine practicing a high-speed surfacing maneuver off O‘ahu’s south shore, struck the Ehime Maru, an Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship from Ehime, Japan, puncturing a hole in its hull. Within minutes, the ship began to sink. The Feb. 9, 2001, tragedy took the lives of nine....
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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...
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Rikka, Uchinaa-Nkai! – Creating An Uchinaaguchi Textbook And Diversity in Uchinaaguchi

WHO/WHAT: “Rikka, Uchinaa-nkai!” is the first Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language) textbook written in English. Lead author Masashi Sakihara will talk about his experience writing it and the difficulties his team faced editing it. The textbook...
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AARP Hawaii Caregiver Conference

WHO/WHAT: AARP sponsors this conference to provide caregivers with knowledge and to relieve some of the stress that comes with providing the vital service of caring for others. This year’s conference will focus on how...
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Community Focus – Beiju Honorees To Be Recognized At East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai...

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai will celebrate the new year at its annual luncheon meeting to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. People with ancestral roots in Hiroshima or who have an interest in Japan are encouraged to attend the luncheon and join the organization. President Tommy....
Photo of JWSF president-elect Cathy Iwai presents a check for $10,000 to Kuakini Foundation president Gary Kajiwara for Kuakini Home

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates New Year

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation welcomed 2017 — “the Year of the Rooster” — with its annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 29. A bake sale, “Lucky Me” bidding and fukubukuro (surprise grab bag) sales preceded lunch and a short business meeting. Board member Deborah Huebler emceed the event, introducing....
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Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawai‘i Holds First Tea of 2017

The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii celebrated the “Year of the Rooster” with a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, in the Seikokan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Jan. 15. Guests at the first ceremony included Tankokai president and former Hawai‘i governor George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean....
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O‘ahu Exhibit On Battle of Okinawa & Children’s Peace Messages

WHO/WHAT: The three-month-long Battle of Okinawa has been called the largest sea, land and air battle in history. It was the last battle of the Pacific War and the only land invasion of Japan...

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