The koto players performing in the Goudou Ensou Kai (from left): Courtney Takara, Kathy Shigemura, Kazuko Ito-Sensei, Grace Carmichael, Robbie Umeno, Kinuko Tamashiro and Diane Kawamoto. They were joined by other koto and sanshin players in the front row on the stage (from left): Zachary Oyafuso, Sarah Nakatsu (koto), Brandon Ing, Derek Fujio (koto), Seichi Yagi-Sensei and Lisa Sadaoka (koto).

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The melodic sounds of Okinawan koto and sanshin music filled the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 20 as the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association came together for their annual Gōdōu Ensōu Kai, or joint concert. The program....
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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: Nisei Veterans Legacy presents a photo exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i — from immigration of Issei in the late 1800s to modern-day Hawai‘i, showing how Hawai‘i Nikkei...
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Annual Mochi Pounding in Wailea Village

WHO/WHAT: Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast will celebrate its 21st annual mochi pounding with special gratitude for having survived Hurricane Lane earlier this year. Thanks to the TLC of many generous hands, repairs to...
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Plantation Life from the Women’s Perspective

WHO/WHAT: Friends of the Library Kahuku and the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kahuku Public School and Library, with a historical talk story about the Kahuku Sugar...
Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon) at this year’s Hawaii United Okinawa Association Okinawan Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Front row: Hayli, Adele and Kelsi; Middle row: Allison Yanagi and Aren Pai; Back row: Kathy Oshiro, Dennis Nishiguchi, Terry Higa of Hawaii Taiko Kai, Richie Yamashiroya, Lynn Miyashiro Masuda of Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii and Sara Nakatsu of Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai.

Community Focus – Nov. 24: “Uchinamun Family Variety Show”

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Hawai‘i chapters of Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon), a school of classical Ryukyu music, will present their first concert entitled, “Uchinamun Family Variety Show,” at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipahu. The performance will highlight the Hawai‘i members of....
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Jodo Mission of Hawaii: Jodo Mission Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Jodo Mission of Hawaii will hold a bazaar fundraiser. Among the items for sale will be kitchen things, clothing, handmade quilts, handbags and blankets. There will also be homemade food items like bara-sushi,...
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United Japanese Society of Hawaii “Tsukimi No Kai – Moon Viewing Party”

WHO/WHAT: Moon-viewing parties are a tradition in Japan with friends gathering to admire the beauty of the full moon. The custom, which was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara and Heian periods...
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“Taste of Hongwanji” and Spring Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin presents its annual “Taste of Hongwanji” and Spring Bazaar featuring foods such as beef stew, fried noodles, sushi rolls, KC Waffle Dogs, shave ice and baked goods. Other highlights:...
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Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission Garage Sale Extravaganza

WHO/WHAT: Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission will hold a garage sale fundraiser with sushi, baked goods, pickled vegetables, andagi, nishime, rummage items, hardware, and plants and produce, all for sale. Proceeds benefit the temple. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday,...
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Kauai Fukuoka Kenjinkai Shinnen Enkai

WHO/WHAT: The Kauai Fukuoka Kenjinkai will hold its annual New Year’s luncheon and membership meeting. Meeting topics will include scholarships for descendants of Kenjinkai members; dues collection; Nov. 6-9 Fukuoka Worldwide convention update and...

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