Kimberly Takata Named Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

Gwen Battad Ishikawa The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival came to a close on March 22 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, when the new queen and court were announced at the Festival Ball. The festival, sponsored by...

Grant Murata Joins Hawaii Hochi

Grant Murata has joined The Hawai‘i Herald and the Hawaii Hochi as advertising and promotions manager. He replaces Karlton Tomomitsu, who left to pursue other business interests. Murata previously worked in advertising sales for JN...

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on Jan. 11 was the setting for the kick-off of the 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual project of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber...

Military Intelligence Service Exhibit Opens At Hawaii Army Museum

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy in Waikïkï recently opened “America’s Secret Weapon,” a colorful new exhibit that tells the little-known story of the 6,000 Japanese Americans who served in the...

Former Japanese Peruvian Internees Reunite in Honolulu

Karleen C. Chinen Members of the Peru-Kai know what it’s like to be without a country and to be stripped of all their rights. They know because that is what happened to them during World...

Fundraising Campaign Launched For Hiroshima Landslide Victims

The “Hawai‘i for Hiroshima Fundraising Committee” recently kicked off a campaign to raise funds to aid the people of Hiroshima City following the massive landslides of Aug. 19. Seventy-two residents were killed in the...

Happy 100th Birthday, David Aka!

By Karleen C. Chinen It’s not every day that you get the honor of meeting a person who has enjoyed a full century of life. In the case of David Yoshio Aka, make that 100...

UJSH Installs Rika Hirata As President

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its annual Installation and Recognition Banquet on June 28 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The lunchtime program began with the observance of a...

GIVING BACK AND PAYING IT FORWARD

Photo courtesty Hawaii Senate Majority Growing up in Japan, Sabrina Shizue McKenna never imagined she would one day be a Hawai‘i Supreme Court justice. “As a child, I always thought I would be a teacher,” she...

CENTURY-OLD SHINTO SHRINE AT HPV REDEDICATED

Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia.org The ever so humble Wakamiya Inari Shrine at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in a big way on May 4. The Shinto shrine was feted...

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