The Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai will celebrate 50 years since its incorporation on Saturday, June 8.
“A Japanese community nonprofit organization has been around in Pahoa for more than 100 years,” said committee chairman Jason Hashimoto. “This event celebrates the golden anniversary of our formal incorporation in 1963. It’s the first time we are trying to get Pahoa people together for a community reunion, both current and former residents.”
President Craig Shimoda said, “We are looking for people with ties to Pahoa who may have moved away from this area.”
Events planned for the day include a memorial service at 10 a.m. followed by recognition of keirokai members (80 years of age and older), luncheon, old-fashioned games, photographic and artifact displays, and talk-story time in the YBA Hall in Pahoa.
Past president Stanley Oishi recalled, “The organization way back built the first Pahoa Japanese school. In recent years, we built the YBA Hall. We take care of the hall and the cemetery. Annually, we host the last O-bon dance of the season and mochi-pounding close to the new year.”
Cost of the event is $10 for members or $20 for non-members. RSVP by May 4 to Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, P.O. Box 504, Pahoa HI 96778. Anyone wishing further information may contact Hashimoto at 937-5941 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org