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George Kerr’s Legacy and Okinawa

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Dr. Tetsu Yamaguchi related his experience  (in English, Japanese, and Okinawan) growing up in Okinawa, reading and being influenced by George Kerr’s history of Okinawa, and eventually translating that important work into Japanese.


CJS Director Lonny Carlile and Dr. Tetsu Yamaguchi

Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama on America in the Mind of Japan


Farewell Consul General Shigeeda

The Kizuna organizations said aloha to Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda on July 1, 2015. The Consul General and his wife were honored for their exemplary service in Honolulu since October 2012 with various songs, dances, personal messages, invocations, gifts, and even a bushi kanpai given by Admiral Harry B. Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council and wife of the late Governor Daniel Inouye offered her personal thanks to the departing couple. There was a hula performance by Kristin Alm of the Sakura Hawaii Alumnae and member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, an Okinawan dance by Lisa Nakandakari & Julie Okamura of the Nakasone Dance Academy, and song and dance performed by Alvin Okami, singer and founder of KoAloha Ukulele, and his wife Pat. Reverend Takamasa Yamamura, Head Minister at Honolulu Myohoji Mission, offered his own moving lyrical invocation, while the Consul General himself gave a beautiful, custom rendition of Hole Hole Bushi. The Kizuna group bestowed a number of gifts on the couple, including two custom ukelele crafted by Pat Okami, while CJS and COS made sure Consul General and Mrs. Shigeeda had some UHM memorabilia.

Thank you Consul General and Michiko Shigeeda for your service and best of luck on your next assignment!



(l to r): CJS Director Mary McDonald, Consul General Shigeeda, Michiko Shigeeda, COS Director Joyce Chinen

United Japanese Society of Hawaii News

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii said thank you to outgoing president Rika Hirata and installed 2015 president Cyrus Tamashiro on June 27, 2015. The society also honored three volunteers key to the re-discovery of Honouliuli and its designation as a national historic site: Tatsumi Hayashi, Betsy Young, and Jane Kurahara.



(l to r): Rika Hirata, Tatsumi Hayashi, Betsy Young, Jane Kurahara, and Cyrus Tamashiro

2015 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Awardees

Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda hosted a ceremony honoring two new Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship recipients on May 28, 2015. Ms. Arisa Yoshida, MA Student in Communications at UHM, is researching the development of intercultural training for teachers and the relationship with intercultural sensitivity among students. Mr. Benjamin Schrager, UHM PhD candidate in Geography, will research the chicken broiler industry in Southern Kyūshū’s Kagoshima and Miyazaki Prefectures.

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, a Hawai‘i-based foundation promoting understanding through exchange of scholars between Japan and Hawai‘i, has awarded 144 scholarships since 1973. Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Chair Lenny Yajima oversees the annual cycle of information, selection, and administration of this scholarship: http://www.jashawaii.org/cpas.asp.

2015 CPASF Awards Ceremony

Front (l to r), Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda, Ben Schrager, Arisa Yoshida, JASH President Lenny Yajima.  Back (l to r), Deputy Consul General Maruyama, Trustee Yoshinori Maeda, Mary McDonald, Trustee Christine Yano, Trustee Jean Rolles, JASH President Emeritus Edwin Hawkins, Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda, Trustee Daniel Dinell, CPASF Chairman Allen Uyeda, Trustee Stafford Kiguchi, Malia Peters, Lonny Carlile, Chairman Emeritus Howard Hamamoto, JASH President Emeritus Earl Okawa.