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“Ko-Ryukyu: the Dawn of Ryukyu”

WHO/WHAT: Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii and the Pacific Cultural Interchange Association present “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu,” a program of Okinawan cultural arts and pre-Ryukyuan history inspired by RMD Hawaii founder Akemi Martin-Sensei’s selection...
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“The Joy of Sake”

WHO/WHAT: A celebration of the world’s finest sakes, including the 2018 U.S. National Sake Appraisal gold and silver award winners. The 478 premium sakes will be complemented with sake appetizers from 21 of Hawai‘i’s...
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“Pacific Crossing” Gannenmono 150th Concert Series

WHO/WHAT: In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i, the Doris Duke Theatre and the Honolulu Museum of Art brings together artists from Hawai‘i and Japan for original works that pay...
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Community Focus – “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu” Stages on July 24 at HOC

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, the youthful and energetic eisä taiko group, and the Pacific Cultural Interchange Association will present “Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu,” a presentation of Okinawan cultural arts and pre-Ryukyuan history, on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. RMD Hawaii was founded by Akemi Martin-Sensei, who continues to....
Gov. David Ige greets the veterans waiting for their marching orders prior to the start of the banquet.

Community Focus – “Go For Broke” 442nd RCT Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Close to 600 people, including 44 World War II AJA veterans, turned out for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 75th anniversary banquet on March 18 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The event, themed “Celebrating with Gratitude and Pride,” opened with the 442nd veterans filing into the Hawaii Ballroom, followed by family members of deceased veterans....
Pictured, from left: Honoree Wesley Deguchi with Nisei Veterans Legacy; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; honoree Dr. Mitchell Maki with the Go For Broke National Education Center; honoree Donna Tanoue; honoree Jake Shimabukuro; JCCH president Carole Hayashino; JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; honoree George Takei; honorees Deidre Tegarden and Brian Moto with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center; Claude Onizuka repesenting honoree, the Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Gov. David Ige.

Community – JCCH “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Honors Seven

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized four organizations and three individuals at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala dinner on June 16, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Taiko master and previous “Sharing the Spirit” honoree Kenny Endo opened the event with an attention-catching taiko performance. JCCH board chair Christine Kubota....
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Obon Celebration Performance By Hiromi Junta

WHO/WHAT: Japanese singer, songwriter and composer Hiromi Junta will present a performance of original compositions from her homeland, Tokunoshima, in the Amami archipelago near Okinawa. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, July 6, at 7:15 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission...
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“The Princess and the Iso Peanut”

WHO/WHAT: Manoa Valley Theatre and Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center team up to present “The Princess and the Iso Peanut,” Lisa Matsumoto’s and Roslyn Catracchia’s local pidgin musical comedy. What happens when a traditional fairytale...
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Obon Ceremony Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Gannenmono

WHO/WHAT: This commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono will begin with an obon service conducted by the Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani of Moiliili Hongwanji Mission. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, July 15, at 4...
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Koganji Temple Bon Dance Practice

WHO/WHAT: Koganji Temple members will hold a bon dance practice session in preparation for the temple’s bon dance on Aug. 3 and 4. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, July 22, at 10-11:30 a.m. in the Koganji Temple Social...

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