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KHON 25th Anniversary Celebration

KHON Coverage of 25th Anniversary

People Who Make Hawaii Work: Carole Hayashino

MidWeek Business Roundtable: Doing It For the Ancestors

MidWeek Business Roundtable

Mahalo Senator Inouye

Senator Daniel K. Inouye was an inspiration to generations in Hawai‘i. We took pride in his distinguished World War II military service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. We were proud when he broke through racial barriers in Washington D.C. and played a leadership role during the Senate Watergate hearings and the Iran-Contra investigations. We are especially proud and will be forever grateful for Senator Inouye’s courage as a champion for justice.

Senator Inouye gave a voice to Americans of Japanese ancestry interned during World War II. He advocated for the federal investigation into the mass roundup and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast and called for the establishment of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Senator Inouye’s leadership led to the passage of the redress bill, HR442, The Civil Liberties Act of 1988. 

More recently, Senator Inouye joined with JCCH to support the preservation of Honouliuli, the longest operating World War II confinement site in Hawai‘i. His support contributed to the first documentary film on the internment of Japanese in Hawai‘i and later a special resource study focused on the historical significance of Honouliuli.

“Justice is a matter of continuing education,” he once stated when discussing the importance of remembering the Japanese American internment. “If only to remind ourselves that it happened here, in our democracy.”

For his courage, leadership and all that he accomplished in our community, our state, our country, we are truly grateful. Our hearts are broken, but may be find the strength to re-commit ourselves to the values that Senator Daniel K. Inouye represented and find comfort in knowing that his legacy will continue.

Statement by Carole Hayashino
President and Executive Director
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Mahalo for your support of the “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala!

Sharing the Spirit of Aloha
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Annual Gala
June 29, 2013

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) was pleased to present Sharing the Spirit of Aloha on June 29 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The spirit of aloha is a gift that many throughout the world treasure. There are some that exemplify this spirit in their work and everyday lives. Through their years of public service, creative achievements, educational support and volunteerism, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was proud to honor the following individuals and companies who exemplify this spirit.
Jennifer Goto Sabas of the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Fund
Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative Group
Alvin Okami and the Okami Family of KoAloha Ukulele
Pacific Guardian Life and
John Okutani, recipient of the Spirit of JCCH award

Gala
Photo caption (left to right): JCCH President and Executive Director Carole Hayashino, Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative Group, Jennifer Goto Sabas of the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Fund, Patricia Okami and Alvin Okami of KoAloha Ukulele, Doug Goto of Pacific Guardian Life, Kosuke Nick Nakajima of Pacific Guardian Life, John Okutani, Spirit of JCCH Award, and Tyler Tokioka, JCCH Chairman of the Board.

Mahalo to our Table Sponsors!

Shogun
Big Island Candies & aio
Irene Hirano Inouye
Island Insurance Company, Ltd.
Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

Daimyo
Atlas Insurance Agency
Bank of Hawaii
First Hawaiian Bank
Lance Mizumoto
Monsanto Hawaii
The Pacific Bridge Companies
R.M. Towill Corporation
Dr. Genshitsu Sen/Urasenke

Bushi
ABC Stores
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Howard & Lynn Arimoto
Ben Franklin Crafts
Bowers + Kubota Consulting
Business Insurance Services, Inc.
Carlsmith Ball LLP
Central Pacific Bank
David & Dawn Dunbar
Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Alamo Rent-A-Car
Esaki Surveying & Mapping Inc./Project Design Inc.
Ed Murakami
Friends of JCCH
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
Hawaiian Building Maintenance
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawaiian Host
Hawaiian Properties, Ltd.
Hawaiian Telcom
Hawktree International, Inc.
HMSA
IQ PR
K. Taniguchi Ltd.
Kaimana Hila
Kamehameha Schools
KoAloha Ukulele
Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda
Manoa Grand Ballroom/Marian’s Catering
Matsukawa Insurance Agency
Meadow Gold Dairies
Leigh-Ann Miyasato & Hoyt Zia
Morioka ‘Ohana
Nippon Golden Network, Inc.
Occidental Underwriters of Hawaii, Ltd.
Kip & Shannon Okinaka
John Okutani
Osaki Creative Group
Pacific Guardian Center
PICHTR
Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc.
S3
Brian Sterling & Joel Comer atSandler O’Neill
Securitas
Servco Foundation
Servco Insurance Services
SSFM International
Urasenke Foundation

Mahalo to our Silent Auction Donors!
A Little Bit of Everything
Akira Sato
Alan Wong’s Restaurants
Amy Young
Ann Asakura
Anne Namba Designs
Annette Masutani
Assaggio Ristorante Italiano
Barbara Edelstein - Handwoven Jewelry Designs
BCBG Maxazria
Bead it! A Bead Gallery
Ben Franklin Crafts
Betty Totoki
Big City Diner: Kaimuki-Kailua-Ward Center-Waipio-Pearlridge
Bishop Museum
Bliss Online Boutique
Brennon Morioka
Brian Y. Sato
Butterfly Twists
California Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
CaraMia
Carol Nagano
Carole Hayashino
Carole Tokioka
CAS Crafts & Collectibles
Catherine Iwami
Choco Le’a
Clifford & Naomi Clark
Cook Space Hawaii
Danette Maruyama/Mikinola
Danny Kagehiro
Dave & Busters
Deborah K. Nakagawa
Denise Park
Designs by Ai
Diamond Head Theater
DK Restaurants
Dole Plantation
Don Murphy
Don Sumada
Doraku Sushi
Doubletree by Hilton Alana Waikiki
Down to Earth
Duane K. Kurisu
Duckie Brown
Ed Murakami
Emme Tomimbang, EMME, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car & Alamo Rent-A-Car
FCH Enterprises Inc.
Fiber Ballet
Fiftytwo Showroom/Taylor Okata
First Class Flyer
Friends of JCCH
Gary Reed
Gilbert M. Horita
Glenn K. Inouye
Global Village
Go! Airlines
Grove Farm Company, Inc.
Hakuyosha International, Inc.
Halekulani
Hamilton Kobayashi “Kobayashi Art Enterprise”
Hanafuda Hawaii, LLC
Hanayo Sasaki
HASR Wine Co.
Hawaii Nature Center
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Chip Company
Hawaiian Host, Inc.
Hertz Rent-A-Car
HiLife Clothing Co.
Hilo Hattie
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton San Diego Bay Front
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hiromi Peterson
Hoakalei Country Club
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Honolulu Zoo Society
Hosoda & Morikone, LLC
Hotel Wailea Maui
Hula Moon Press
Ice Palace
in4mation / Ryan Arakaki
Iolani Sportswear
Ipanema
Ishiharaya
Island Snow Hawaii
JACL Honolulu Chapter
Jake Shimabukuro
Jason Hijirida
JCCH Gift Shop
JCCH Membership
John Koga
Joseph Molina
Keiko Hatano
KHON2 news
King Photo Service, Inc.
King’s Hawaiian
Kirin Restaurant, Inc.
Ko Olina Golf Club
KoAloha Ukulele
Kobayashi, Kanetoku, Doi, Lum, Yasuda CPAs, LLC
Kreative Images
Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides
Kualoa Ranch Hawaii, Inc.
Kumu Kahua Theatre
Kurt Osaki
Kyo-ya Management Co., LLC
Lance Mizumoto
Larry Goeas/Stifel Nicholas
Leo Javar
Les Tomita
Lions Gate
Lisa Wiemken “PITACUS”
M. Miura Store, Inc.
Maggie Coulombe
Maile Way Products, Inc.
Manoa Grand Ballroom/Marian’s Catering
Manuheali’i            
Mary Kamiya
Maui Beach Hotel
Maui Divers
McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, Inc.
Meleana Handbags
Melons
Michael Furuya
Michel’s at the Colony Surf
Mountain Apple Company
Mr. & Mrs. Blaine Kimura
Mutual Publishing
Mystic Art
Naoki
Neiman Marcus
New City Nissan
Nippon Golden Network, Inc.
Occidental Underwriters of Hawaii, Ltd.
Pacific Gallery and Frames
Pacific Links Hawaii
Pacific Paradise Pottery
Parke and Ronen
Paul Brown
Pearl Arashiro
Perry Ellis Menswear
Primo Popcorn
Prince Resorts Hawaii/Donn J. Takahashi
Pure Joy Day Spa
Raoul
Rattana Soubandith
Roberts Hawaii
Robyn Buntin of Honolulu
Roger Dunn Golf Shop
Roy Sakuma Productions, Inc.
Royal Hawaiian Center
Ruth Ono
Sand People - Water Sports Kauai, Inc.
Satoru Abe
Seattle Mariners
Seikichi Takara (Takara Art Studio)
Servco of Hawaii
Shane Victorino Foundation
Shannon Okinaka
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Side Order Pillows
Sky Amimoto
Sony Electronics, Inc., Sony Hawaii Company
Spanos Family - San Diego Chargers
Stan Zisk
Star of Honolulu Cruises and Events
Style West - Cia Maritima
Sumako Cohn
Susan Hiraoka
The Friends of Iolani Palace
The Joy of Sake
The News Showroom
The Oahu Club
The Paperie
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Sake Shop
The Willows Restaurant
Today’s Thought (Norman Osumi)
Todd Snyder
Tori Richard, Ltd.
Tsukazaki & Associates
Tyler Tokioka
Umbrellas Hawaii
University of Hawaii Manoa Bookstore
University of Hawaii Office of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Hawaii Press
Ushijima Architects, Inc.
Vested Interest
Virgo USA
Vivienne Tam
Waikoloa Beach & Kings
Wailea Golf Club
Watanabe Floral, Inc.
Wayne Akizaki
Wet Okole Hawaii
Yvonne Toyoshima
Zippy’s Restaurants

Special Donors
Ben Franklin Crafts
Hawaiian Host
Obun Hawaii Inc.

Monetary Donors
American Savings Bank
Armstrong Produce
Enviro Services & Training Center LLC
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, Ltd.
Grove Farm Company Inc.
Howard R. & Sheri Hanada
Gail Ann M. Honda
KAI Hawaii
Karen Kaisan
Brandon L. Kim
Robert N. Kinoshita
Gladys & Masao Kurosu
Lyon & Associates, Inc.
Shirley & Ray Miyamoto
Catherine Morishige
Sadaichi Murakami
Valerie Okihara
Shizuye Nishioka
John & Nancy Oshiro
Jane T. Sagawa
Michael & Akane Shimoko
T. Iida Contracting, Ltd.
Eric Teragawchi
Allen T. Yamashita

Mahalo!
Roy Amemiya/Jonathan Wong
Olelo Community Media

Steven R. Crocker
Silent Auction

Brandt Fuse
Sumofish
Invitation/Program

Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants
Volunteer Dinner

Randy Higa
Heartland Systems

Mike Higgins
Show & Tell

Island Manapua
Volunteer Lunch

Ryan Kawamoto
Kinetic Productions, Inc.
Video Production

Walt KealeEntertainment

Grace Lee & Steve Uyehara
Hawaii News Now/Emcees

Bishop Eric Matsumoto
Honpa Hongwanji
Hawaii Betsuin

Ryusei Taiko/
Opening Performance

Susan Smith
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Waikiki Beach Resort

Nate Gyotoku/Brice Ueda
Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce

Vince Watabu
Obun Hawaii
Printing

Mahalo Gala Volunteers!
Brandon Ando
Toi Baba
Arnold “A.J.” Bactista
Wendy Chang
Nina Daniels
Alex Fanale
Leah Fukuyama
Michael Gonhata
Nate Gyotoku
Liway Hattal
Ashley Higa
Lori Higashi
Sydette Higuchi
Susan Hiraoka
Jaymie Ho
Julie Ho
Stephany Ho
Lauren Honbo
Yong Huang
Debbie Ishii
Crystine Ito
Andrea Iwamoto
Kinsly Joseph
Derek Kamigaki
David Kaneko
Eryn Kawamoto
Taylor Kirihara
Brent Kitsu
Eric Kobayashi
Neil Kuioka
Shari Kunimura
Chalei Maduli
Misha Maletta
Russell Matsumura
Zhanna McAtec
Amber McClure
Leila Mitsunaga
Courtney Mizuno
Brad Motooka
Matthew Moy
Jon Murai
Dylan Murakami
Dane Nakagawa
Celise Nakakura
Jeff Nishihara
Bev Nomi
Nadine Ogata
Chase Ogoshi
Millie Okada Miura
Lori Okazaki
Robbie Omura
Darren Ota
Andrew Pang
Kari Sakuda
David Sanden
Kellene Sasano
Jennifer Seki
Lily Shao
Roshan Suehiro
Dina Suyemoto
Ray Tabata
Cheryl Tagawa
Yoshi Takahashi
George Takase
Yulie Tjahjadi
Eric Tsukamoto
Brice Ueda
Kent Walther
Brian Watase
Shasta Yamada
Charlene Yamamoto
Myles Yamamoto
Linda Yarashina
Staci Yoshihara
Gail Yuen  

The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii DVD Now on Sale!

Untold

Following a world premier at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and sold-out screenings across the state, The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i is now available on DVD.

Produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, The Untold Story is the first full-length documentary to chronicle the internment experience of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i. While the story of mass internment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon and Washington has been well documented, very little is known about the internees and confinements sites in Hawai‘i.

Shortly after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i authorities arrested several hundred local Japanese on O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kaua‘i. Within 48 hours those arrested included: Buddhist priests, Japanese language school officials, newspaper editors, business and community leaders. In total, over 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained and interned in Hawai‘i. There was no evidence of espionage or sabotage and no charges were ever filed against them. This film chronicles their story through oral histories, documents, interviews, and reenactments.
       
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.  Additional support was provided by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Island Insurance Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the Japanese American Citizens League - Honolulu Chapter.
       
The JCCH Gift Shop is open from Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information, please call (808) 945-7633.

Price $24.95; $22.45 for JCCH members.
Shipping rates included on order form.
An all-regions DVD
Approx. 57 minutes. English and Japanese with English subtitles.

Click here to download an order form.

Also Available:
LifeBehindBarbedWire
Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei
Author: Soga, Yasutaro

Yasutaro Soga’s Life behind Barbed Wire (Tessaku seikatsu)    is an exceptional firsthand account of the incarceration of a Hawai‘i Japanese during World War II. On the evening of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Soga, the editor of a Japanese-language newspaper, was arrested along with several hundred other prominent Issei ( Japanese immigrants) in Hawai‘i. After being held for six months on Sand Island, Soga was transferred to an Army camp in Lordsburg, New Mexico, and later to a Justice Department camp in Santa Fe. He would spend just under four years in custody before returning to Hawai‘i in the months following the end of the war.
Most of what has been written about the detention of Japanese Americans focuses on the Nisei experience of mass internment on the West Coast—largely because of the language barrier immigrant writers faced. This translation, therefore, presents us with a rare Issei voice on internment, and Soga’s opinions challenge many commonly held assumptions about Japanese Americans during the war regarding race relations, patriotism, and loyalty.

Although centered on one man’s experience, Life behind Barbed Wire benefits greatly from Soga’s trained eye and instincts as a professional journalist, which allowed him to paint a larger picture of those extraordinary times and his place in them. The Introduction by Tetsuden Kashima of the University of Washington and Foreword by Dennis Ogawa of the University of Hawai‘i provide context for Soga’s recollections based on the most current scholarship on the Japanese American internment.

Paperback - Price: $26.00 Member price $23.00

FamilyTorn
Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family                                  
Editor: Honda, Gail;

Family Torn Apart is the gripping story of one Hawai‘i family’s World War II odyssey. Otokichi Ozaki, a Japanese immigrant, was a Japanese language school teacher, tankapoet, and anthurium grower and also a leader of the Japanese community in the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. A devoted family man, he and his Hawai‘i-born wife, Hideko, had four children ranging in age from two to eight when war broke out. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was one of several hundred immigrant community leaders to be arrested, beginning a long journey for Ozaki and his family. Based on letters, poetry, and radio scripts in the collection of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, and translated here for the first time, Family Torn Apart traces Ozaki’s incarceration at eight different detention camps, his family’s life in Hawai‘i without him, their decision to ‘voluntarily’ enter Mainland detention camps in the hope of reuniting, and their subsequent frustration as that reunion bogged down in red tape and government apathy. Relying on Japanese language primary sources, Family Torn Apart brings alive the Japanese immigrant perspective on the World War II incarceration, intergenerational relations, and life under martial law in Hawai‘i. It is a stirring story of the human spirit in difficult times and a cautionary tale for future generations. 36 illustrations.

Distributed by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Paperback - Price: $26.00 Member price $23.00