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Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Jennifer Exaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Lori Satoki Kim Lori Kim Parents: Eric and Karen Kim High School: Pacific Buddhist Academy, 2007 College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree in business administration...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Kaelyn Sachiko Okuhata Kaelyn Okuhata Parents: Kevin and Lori Okuhata High School: King Kekaulike High School (Hawai‘i Island), 2012 College/Degree/Year: Chapman University, bachelor’s degree in business administration...
Photo of the three sister courts gathering for a group photo while attending the 76th Nisei Week coronation in Los Angeles.

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64th Cherry Blossom Festival Court members are dressed in beautiful furisode kimono in Kyoto, Japan, while visiting Diamond Sponsor Watabe Wedding. Alexis Sayuri Okihara 64th...
Photo of the students visiting with Bishop Shugen Komagata of the Soto Mission of Hawaii at the main temple in Nu‘uanu

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Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Byodo-in at the Valley of the Temples in Käne‘ohe...
Image of Phoebe McNally's Nengajo

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The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries of the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese...
Image of Alexandra Ventura's Nengajo

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Hunter Bosserman, grade 4, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School — first place, original, elementary. Catherine Palmer, grade 11, Sacred Hearts Academy — second place,...
Featuring Angela Isidro's Nengajo

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Kayla Nadig, grade 6, Kapolei Middle School — second place, artistic, middle school. Ashlyn Wong, grade 12, Roosevelt High School — third place,...
Photo of Jonathan Y. Okamura, Ph.D.

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Jonathan Y. Okamura, Ph.D. Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Last Nov. 18, I participated in a public forum with five other speakers on the topic, “What...

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Jodie Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald TOBE! . . . FLY! Choichi Terukina-Sensei, a National Living Treasure of Japan in the Afuso style of Okinawan uta...

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