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“Chibariyo” – Maui Okinawan Festival

WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!” Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as...
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12th Annual Joint Memorial Service

WHO/WHAT:  The Japanese American soldiers who served in World War II as members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion will be remembered and...
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“Wood | Cut | Print ” Exhibition in Hilo

WHO/WHAT:  The Hawaii Japanese Center presents an exhibition of contemporary mokuhanga (moku = wood and hanga = printing) by some of the Big Island’s finest woodblock print artists — Hiroki Morinoue, Lonny Tomono and Glenn Yamanoha. Mokuhanga...
Onizuka siblings Claude Onizuka and Shirley Matsuoka and astronaut Col. Edward Michael Fincke of the NASA astronaut office at the bust of Ellison Onizuka on his 71st birthday, which was marked by the opening of the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance at JCCH.

Spotlight – Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Collection Finds New Home at JCCH

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen C. Chinen Beloved Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka’s 71st birthday was remembered and celebrated on June 24 with the opening of “The Ellison Onizuka Remembrance” at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The collection is now part of the center’s “Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you” permanent exhibit.....
Photo of a house being damaged by typhoon Nanmadol devastated homes and businesses in Fukuoka.

Community Focus – Donations Sought For Fukuoka Typhoon Relief

The Hawai‘i Fukuoka Kenjin Kai has launched a monetary relief drive to aid residents of Fukuoka, Japan, after the prefecture was devastated by flooding, landslides and even loss of lives resulting from Typhoon Nanmadol on July 5. The kenjinkai’s board of directors approved sending $25,000 for use by the Fukuoka government agency coordinating the relief....
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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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Community Focus – Participants Sought for 2018 Okinawan Youth Festival in Peru

Organizers of the Sixth Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival (“Wakamono Taikai”) are seeking participants for next year’s festival, set for Feb. 6-10, in Lima, Peru. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Hawai‘i yonsei Collin Hoo participated in the second and fourth festivals, which were held in the U.S. and the Philippines, respectively.....
Group photo of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2016-2017 Kenjin Kai Outstanding Members honorees.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed....
Kuakini Auxiliary's annual bazaar

Kuakini Auxiliary Bazaar

WHO/WHAT:  The Kuakini Auxiliary presents its annual bazaar. Items for sale include clothes, books, DVDs, jewelry, handmade crafts and household items. Potted plants and fresh produce will also be sold, including snacks, baked goods,...
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Kristi Yamaguchi’s “Golden Moment 2017” at Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Kristi Yamaguchi’s “Golden Moment” benefit concert-on-ice for early childhood literacy returns to Hawai‘i. “Golden Moment” is a project of Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation to raise funds to support early childhood literacy in Hawai‘i. Proceeds will...

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