Photo of miscellaneous fabric and materials for sewers and crafters to create with

“14the Bolts of Fabric & Fun”

WHO/WHAT: A celebration of textiles and a fundraiser for TEMARI Hawaii. Artists and crafters clear out their workrooms and sell those precious items at “Bolts,” where the Japanese immigrant principle of mottainai, don’t waste,...
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“Echos of Uchina Deeku (Taiko) in Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko celebrates its 50th anniversary in Hawai‘i with an Okinawan taiko performance. Master instructor Terry Higa-Sensei has led Mitsufumi Taiko Kai of Hawaii since 1990. The performance also celebrates the auspicious...
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The “Japanese Turn” in U.S. Fine Dining

WHO/WHAT: Pomona College history professor and Kailua native Dr. Samuel Yamashita talks about the marriage of French and Japanese cuisine. The movement began in the 1970s when Japanese chefs began training with nouvelle cuisine...
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Community Focus – East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai: Call for 2019-2020 Scholarship Applicants

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is currently accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to begin their post high school education this fall. The application deadline is Saturday, April 6 (applications must be postmarked by April 6).
The 2019 officers and directors: (seated) directors Herbert Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Oshiro; (standing, from left): directors Mark Matsunaga, Keith Matsumoto, Gregg Hirata, vice president Shinye Gima, director Annie Inouye, treasurer Sherman Takao, secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa, president Lawrence Enomoto and installing officer Wallace Hirai. (Photo by Karen Matsunaga)

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2019 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club held its annual New Year’s gathering and installation at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 27. The organization is made up of World War II veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in combat and intelligence roles in the Asia-Pacific theater and their descendants. The MIS soldiers contributed much to the....
JWSF president-elect Melanie Takahashi (far right) presents UH Culture Day program co-chairs Yuka Wada (far left) and Dr. Tomoko Iwai a grant check for $1,000.

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

Members and guests of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation gathered at Natsunoya Tea House on Feb. 3 for the organization’s shinnen enkai (New Year’s party) luncheon. The day included traditional Japanese New Year’s foods, entertainment and fellowship. The bake sale table was covered with cookies, cupcakes, party mixes and other sweet treats, all available for....
'Tobe! UTA Sanshin New York Preview Performance'

“Tobe! UTA Sanshin” New York Preview Performance

WHO/WHAT: Carnegie Hall . . . Here they come! Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will present a preview performance of the Okinawan koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music and dance numbers they will perform...
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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:...
Theatre poster with text 'August at Akiko's', which was first published in International Film Festival 2018

“August at Akiko’s” at Consolidated Kahala

WHO/WHAT: The made-in-Hawai‘i indie film, which debuted at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival, tells the story of musician/actor Alex Zhang Hungtai’s search for his grandparent’s home on the Big Island and the unlikely...
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“Kabuki in Hawaii 2019”

WHO/WHAT: “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” will feature descendants of the legendary Nakamura family. Nakamura Shikan III and his three sons — Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Nakamura Utanosuke — will stage “Renjishi” and also...

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