Photo of children visiting for Jusan Mairi blessing (celebrating passage of children into middle childhood) Photo courtesy Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazifu Tenmangu

Shichigosan and Jusan Mairi Blessings at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu celebrates Shichigosan, a custom that originated in the Heian Period (794-1185) among court nobles celebrating the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3,...
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Community – AJA Soldiers’ Artifacts Sought for National Museum of the U.S. Army

The U.S. Army plans to open the National Museum of the United States Army — NMUSA — near Washington, D.C., in 2019 that will include recognition of World War II AJA soldiers of the...
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...
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“Chibariyo” – Maui Okinawan Festival

WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!” Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as...
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12th Annual Joint Memorial Service

WHO/WHAT:  The Japanese American soldiers who served in World War II as members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion will be remembered and...
A print by Hiroki Morinoue

“Wood | Cut | Print ” Exhibition in Hilo

WHO/WHAT:  The Hawaii Japanese Center presents an exhibition of contemporary mokuhanga (moku = wood and hanga = printing) by some of the Big Island’s finest woodblock print artists — Hiroki Morinoue, Lonny Tomono and Glenn Yamanoha. Mokuhanga...
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...

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