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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit Offers Free, Educational & Cultural Events

October 29, 2018
The intermingling of Japanese and Hawaiian cultures are experienced every day through our food, art, clothing and traditions. On November 3 and November 10, from 10am to 2pm each day, visitors to the Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit will experience the merging of these cultures through a range of free, fun and interactive activities. The exhibit, which covers the 1885 immigration to Hawaii of Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants) up to modern day, will be hosted and presented by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU ) at its Kaloko facility in the John Y. Iwane Credit Union Center Training Room (73-5611 Olowalu St., Kailua Kona).
One unique event that will be presented on November 3 only is Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s “Japan-In-A-Suitcase” program, which offers an immersive education day for children kindergarten through the fifth grade.  For more information visit  Other activities include:
 Saturday, November 3, 10am - 2pm:
  • Japan-in-a-Suitcase program for young students
  • Blue Zones Hawaii presents an Okinawa Food Demonstration
  • "Talk Story” with Kenjin-Kai from Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Okinawa and/or Yamaguchi (a Kenjin-kai is an association whose membership was originally based upon, and conceived by people coming from the same prefecture in Japan)
  • Arts & Crafts tables from local vendors offering Japanese items
Saturday, November 10,10am - 2pm:
  • Origami demonstrations
  • Calligraphy demos
  • Bonsai exhibits
  • Lauhala weaving demos and exhibit
  • Kona Shoji Door Designs
  • Mochi (for purchase)

Also, on November 10, members of Hiroshima's Hatsukaichi Chamber of Commerce & Industry will “Talk Story” with visitors and share snacks and other items from Japan. International pop singer, Hiromitsu Kagawa, who is traveling with the Chamber, may also be on hand.
The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy exhibit features photos of prominent Japanese Americans from Hawaii along with the prefectures in Japan from which their ancestors emigrated. Its intent is to educate people about Hawaii’s Nikkei, and to promote a deeper understanding of the cross-cultural values and customs between Japan and Hawaii. The exhibit opens to the public on Thursday, November 1 at 11:00am and closes Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00pm.
Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, federally insured financial institution owned by its 40,000 members.  HCFCU’s branches are located in Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua and Kohala, and its first branch in Hilo will open soon. Additionally, HCFCU has Student Credit Unions in Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena High Schools. HCFCU provides service minded financial professionals that will help facilitate mortgage, land, construction, small business, education, personal and auto loans. HCFCU also offers complete checking and savings services, drive up tellers; credit and debit cards with rewards; online and mobile banking; investment services and youth programs.  HCFCU also supports numerous Hawaii Island non-profit organizations and community events.  Membership in Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is open to all Hawaii Island residents. For more information visit
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