Scott Harada, representing Marian Harada Enterprises, Inc. accepted the 2017 HJCC Generational Award, which was presented by immediate past president Dave Erdman (left) and Gov. David Ige.

HJCC Installs Officers and Presents Generational Award

Members of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on July 19 for the organization’s 13th Annual Inauguration and Generational Award Luncheon. Brian Nishida, president and CEO of Step Stone...
Ministers of the Hawaii Buddhist Council gathered for a group photo with the taiko drum following the obon service.

Community Focus – Obon Service Held at Honoliuli National Monument

A special obon service was held at Honouliuli National Monument to celebrate the finding of a taiko drum earlier this year at the Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. The taiko was inscribed with the word “Honouliuli.” This...
The 2017 Hui Makaala scholarship recipients were recognized at the scholarship fashion show luncheon. They are from left: Briana Campbell, Nikki Chinen, David-John Fernandez, Treyson Furuta, Emma Kojima, Cheyne Tanoue, Kiaria Zoi Nakamura and Dane Yamashiro. Pictured with them is Hui Makaala president Clayton Uza (far right). Not pictured: Sydney Tsukenjo.

Community Focus – Hui Makaala Holds Fundraising Fashion Show

Hui Makaala held its 48th annual Scholarship Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show on July 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. The show featured fashions by three Hawai‘i designers — Allison Izu, Janice...
Photo of a house being damaged by typhoon Nanmadol devastated homes and businesses in Fukuoka.

Community Focus – Donations Sought For Fukuoka Typhoon Relief

The Hawai‘i Fukuoka Kenjin Kai has launched a monetary relief drive to aid residents of Fukuoka, Japan, after the prefecture was devastated by flooding, landslides and even loss of lives resulting from Typhoon Nanmadol...
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Community Focus – Japanese Language Taught at UH-Manoa Outreach College

The UH Mänoa Outreach College is offering classes in Japanese language for three levels of learning: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The classes (10 classes per season) are held three times a year (spring/summer/fall). Classes will...
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Community Focus – Participants Sought for 2018 Okinawan Youth Festival in Peru

Organizers of the Sixth Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival (“Wakamono Taikai”) are seeking participants for next year’s festival, set for Feb. 6-10, in Lima, Peru. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Hawai‘i...
Group photo of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2016-2017 Kenjin Kai Outstanding Members honorees.

Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 President

The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the...
The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival court modeled various obi tying techniques done by students of the University Laboratory School kimono program, under the direction of Jean Sakihara-Sensei.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Installs 2017-18 Officers

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation and their guests gathered at Waialae Country Club on July 23 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and installation luncheon. Outgoing president Irene Nakamoto thanked the 2016-17...
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Community Focus – Yokohama Showing for “Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit”, Next Stop: Hiroshima

A photo exhibit chronicling the history of Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Hawai‘i recently opened at the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The exhibit, titled, “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy,” is co-sponsored...
Photo of chef, Eric Oto over a flaming wok

Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Eric Oto has been appointed chef de cuisine of Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Oto is now responsible for overseeing the culinary direction of the award-winning restaurant under the guidance of The...

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