The annual Shinnen Enkai, New Year’s Party and Installation, of the Japanese Community Association will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall.
The program will include a silent auction featuring a collection of items from the late Mayor Stephen Yamashiro, donated by Mrs. Della Allison Yamashiro. The auction and cocktails will be followed at 5:30 pm by the installation of new officers, a short program, and a prime rib and breaded fish fillet dinner. Entertainment will be provided by the Taishoji Taiko group, pianist and vocalist Ryan McCormick, and karaoke singer Cary Suefuji. Lucky number prizes will also be awarded.
Special guests for this event include Consul General of Japan Mr. Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda, Sister City Shibukawa City Ikaho Hot Spring Tourism Association Chairman Mr. Takahiro Omori, Past Chairman Mr. Sanuemon Chigira, Chief Investigator Mr. Nobuaki Ito, and Ikaho Town Assembly Chairman Mr. Koji Matsumoto.
Officers to be installed for a two-year term include President-Hiroshi Suga; Vice President-Delbert Nishimoto; Secretary Jane Miyasaki; Assistant Secretary Amy Aoyagi; Treasurer Clyde Nakasue; Assistant Treasurer Ivan Nakano; Auditors Tsuneo Akiyama and Charles Koizumi; Directors Sadao Aoki, James Arakaki, Hisae Campbell, Tom Goya, Jan Higashi, Roland Higashi, Dorothy Horita, David Ikawa, Larry Isemoto, Yasuo Kuwaye, Rev. Shoko Kuki, Barry Mizuno, Dwayne Mukai, Gladys Nakamura, Mark Nakamura, Eugene Nishimura, Rev. Tadamasa Nishimura, Takashi Nonaka, Junichi Noumaru, Allan Onishi, Waichi Ouye, Hiroshi Shima, Yoshiko Shimada, Walter Tachibana, Yukio Takeya, Arthur Taniguchi, Lillie Tsuchiya, Clifton Tsuji, Jere Usui and Lani Yamami.
Tickets for this event are $20 and are on sale at KTA Puainako and downtown locations or by calling the Japanese Community Association at 969-6437.
The Japanese Community Association is an organization of Hawaii Island residents committed to promoting the Japanese culture and fostering the relationship between Japan and Hawaii. The Association has sponsored events such as “Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day)”, “Bunka no Hi (Cultural Day), and the “Hakubi Kimono Show.”
The public is invited to participate in the Shinnen Kai and to join the Japanese Community Association for an annual membership fee of $10 per family. Membership fees can be paid at the event.