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“Taiko Dance & Drum: Hana Hou!”

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific, present “Taiko Drum & Dance: Hana Hou!” This production is...
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Kuakini Foundation’s 14th Annual “Holiday Trees and Treasures”

WHO/WHAT: “Holiday Trees and Treasures” is Kuakini Foundation’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will help Kuakini purchase new high-tech equipment, fund capital improvement projects, develop new services and programs and further it biomedical...
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“War, Languages, and Un/Intended Consequences: From Diderot to After World War II”

WHO/WHAT: Japan Studies librarian Tokiko Bazzell will speak on these topics relating to war in this second installment of “Treasures at UH Hamilton Library,” an educational initiative aimed at showcasing Hamilton Library’s special collections,...
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Manoa Valley Church’s 47th Harvest Fair

WHO/WHAT: Manoa Valley Church (United Church of Christ) presents its 47th Harvest Fair with proceeds earmarked for church facility maintenance and renovations. New attractions this year are a silent auction and keiki talent show. Shoppers...
The 1968 first intern graduating class of “The Postgraduate Medical Training Program of the University of Hawai‘i at Okinawa Central Hospital.” (Photo courtesy UH JABSOM and Chubu Hospital)

UH-CHUBU Hospital 50th Anniversary Celebration

WHO/WHAT: In 1967, the University of Hawai‘i and Chubu Hospital in Okinawa entered into a partnership at the request of the U.S. Army and the U.S. State Department. UH students were recruited to take...
Bishop Daiya Amano (right) of the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii purified and blessed the Hiroshima Peace Bell and those in attendance at the annual commemoration and peace service.

Izumo Taishakyo Hosts Annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Service

The 28th annual Hiroshima peace ceremony to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima was held on Aug. 7 at the peace bell fronting Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. The bell is a replica of the one in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. It was presented to the City and County of Honolulu by....
Scott Harada, representing Marian Harada Enterprises, Inc. accepted the 2017 HJCC Generational Award, which was presented by immediate past president Dave Erdman (left) and Gov. David Ige.

HJCC Installs Officers and Presents Generational Award

Members of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on July 19 for the organization’s 13th Annual Inauguration and Generational Award Luncheon. Brian Nishida, president and CEO of Step Stone Business Development, was installed as president, taking over the reins of the 117-year-old organization from Dave Erdman. The 2017 Generational....
Ministers of the Hawaii Buddhist Council gathered for a group photo with the taiko drum following the obon service.

Community Focus – Obon Service Held at Honoliuli National Monument

A special obon service was held at Honouliuli National Monument to celebrate the finding of a taiko drum earlier this year at the Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. The taiko was inscribed with the word “Honouliuli.” This past February, Professor Naofumi Annaka and Dr. Naomi Sasaoka of Rissho University in Tökyö were doing research at Nichiren Mission....
Promo ad for celebrating Sanki's (Japanese Goods Retailer) 5th Anniversary in Hawaii

“Kikaida and Friends” Celebrate with Sanki

WHO/WHAT:  JN Productions, Inc. and Generation Kikaida partner with Japanese goods retailer Sanki, to celebrate Sanki’s fifth anniversary in Hawai‘i. Kikaida, Hakaida, and scary monsters will be available for free picture-taking, and Ban Daisuke, star...
Photo of children visiting for Jusan Mairi blessing (celebrating passage of children into middle childhood) Photo courtesy Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazifu Tenmangu

Shichigosan and Jusan Mairi Blessings at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu celebrates Shichigosan, a custom that originated in the Heian Period (794-1185) among court nobles celebrating the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3,...

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