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Photo of New Sergeant-at-Arms, Rod Tanonaka

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Rod S. Tanonaka has been named Sergeant-at-Arms for the state House of Representatives. Tanonaka previously served as chief of staff for the late U.S....
Photo of Members and friends of Taishoji Soto Mission

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Taishöji Sötö Mission celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a commemorative service and luncheon on Oct. 16. The theme of the celebration...
The Hawaii Herald Logo

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Haleiwa Shingon Mission presented its 21st Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar on Oct. 23. Emceed by Eleanor Nitta, the program opened with welcome remarks by James...
Photo of Ministers and members of Higashi Hongwanji temples in Hawai‘i

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Higashi Hongwanji members from Japan and throughout Hawai‘i gathered in Honolulu on Nov. 5 and 6 to celebrate Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s 100th...
Photo of Filmmaker Steven Okazaki (center) with actor Yosuke Natsuki (left) and Toshiro Mifune’s grandson Rikiya Mifune. (Photo courtesy Steven Okazaki)

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“Mifune: The Last Samurai,” a documentary on legendary actor Toshiro Mifune by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, will begin its Hawai‘i theatrical run on...
Photo of Superintendent, Nagahiko Senge

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The Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii celebrated its milestone 110th anniversary with a two-day celebration. The annual Omatsuri (Autumn Festival) was held at the shrine...
Photo of the 2016 Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai honorees

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Yamagata Prefecture governor Mieko Yoshimura visited Honolulu last month to introduce products from her prefecture. Among the products Yoshimura and Japanese actor Eiichiro Funakoshi...
Photo of Yamagata Gov. Mieko Yoshimura and Consul General Yasushi Misawa

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The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 27 O‘ahu Nikkei who are celebrating their 80th birthday this year by throwing them a grand celebration....
Photo of guests at the UJSH’s annual Tsukimi no Kai event

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The United Japanese Society of Hawai‘i hosted its annual Tsukimi no Kai (moon viewing) event at Kapi‘olani Community College on Aug. 18. Guests were...
Photo of Blue Planet Foundation board member Crystal Rose presents the organization’s 2016 Honua Award to Gov. David Ige

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The Blue Planet Foundation presented its 2016 Honua Award to Gov. David Ige for his “exceptional leadership on clean energy.” The presentation was made...

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