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East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Call for Scholarship Applicants

WHO/WHAT: The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is currently accepting applicants for up to two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to begin their post high school education this fall. Applicants must be...
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Community Focus – Hawaii Buddhist Council Launches “Open Night at the Temples”

The Hawaii Buddhist Council has launched an “Open Night at Temples” series aimed at introducing those interested in learning about the different denominations of Buddhism represented in the council to an open-house tour of those temples.  The escorted tour will open with a short sample of the denomination’s Buddhist service, followed by a Dharma sharing....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Foodbank’s COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 situation intensifies, Hawaii Foodbank is facing an unprecedented challenge of providing food for people affected by the pandemic while continuing to meet the nutritional needs of one in eight Hawai‘i residents already struggling with food insecurity. The current pandemic has closed schools and community centers, creating a gap in meals for countless....
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Plantation-Themed Plays To Be Staged at Hawaii’s Plantation Village

WHO/WHAT: The Leeward Theatre will present three newly commissioned plays as part of its children’s theatre season. “Plantation Plays” will feature works by local playwrights Kiki, Courtney Takabayashi and Kirstyn Trombetta. Ashley DeMoville, a...
Rotary Club of Hilo president Steve Handy (far left) presents the $20,000 check from the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan to Pahoa Sunset Rotary Club president Ron Cutler (fourth from left). Handy was joined by Rotary Club of Hilo members (from left) Mitchell Dodo, Ed Hara, Newton Chu, Naomi Menor and Russell Oda, all of whom, except for Menor, are Rotary Club of Hilo past presidents. (Photo courtesy Ed Hara)

Community Focus – Rotary Club of Hiroshima South Donates $20,000 to Puna Relief Fund

The Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan presented a $20,000 check to its sister club in Hawai‘i, the Rotary Club of Hilo, to support the Puna relief efforts resulting from the ongoing Kïlauea volcano eruption. The donation was made at the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South’s meeting on June 1. The funds will be....
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“Tadaima! I am Home” Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Signing of “Tadaima! I Am Home: A Transnational Family History” by award-winning historian/documentarian/author Tom Coffman. This newly published book from University of Hawai‘i Press unearths the five-generation history of a family that migrated...
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Takie Sugiyama Lebra: Reflections on a Legacy

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center for Japanese Studies and the Department of Anthropology will present a discussion by three anthropology professors reflecting on the multifaceted legacy of the late UH anthropology...
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Konko Mission Talk

WHO/WHAT: Konko Mission of Honolulu will present a free bilingual talk by Fusami Kudo from Kumamoto, Japan, titled, “The Power of Gratitude: How I Survived Terminal Cancer.” Kudo, who is today the owner of...
Outgoing president Vince Watabu passes on the president’s gavel to 2018 president Courtney Takara.

Community Focus – HUOA Installs 2018 Officers

Approximately 800 people attended the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu of the Year” and installation banquet earlier this year at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. The festivities saw the installation of the HUOA’s youngest president to date, 31-year-old Courtney Takara. She succeeds Vince Watabu as president of the organization made up of nearly 10,000 households. In....
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The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the...

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