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President's Message

By Jon Arizumi, President


Jon Arizumi

Happy New Year! 2013 - The Year of the Snake


As we transition to the half way mark of the fiscal year, I would like to thank our hardworking Executive Assistant Lei Momi Fujiyama, Board Members, and Committee Chairs for working so diligently on planning and presenting programs and events which have been beneficial and inspirational to all of us.

It is with this determination that we embrace the Year of the Snake, greeting 2013 with a renewed and open mind, and a focus on the areas of our lives where we can continue to grow and improve.  Unlike the Western Zodiac which is divided into 12 months, the Asian Zodiac is divided into 12 years.  Each year is named after an animal:  the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.  It is said to have been adopted in Japan in 604 during the reign of Empress Suiko.

It is fairly common that Japanese people know what year of the zodiac they were born in.  The Japanese are likely to ask what your zodiac sign is, instead of asking how old you are.  In this way, you can guess a person's age without asking it directly.  It is generalized that the Japanese believe that people who are born in the same animal year share similar personality and character.  For example, people born in the year of the snake were profound thinkers and have tremendous wisdom.

With 2013 moving along quite rapidly, several wonderful events have taken place in January. The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii held its 42nd Annual New Year's Banquet at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall on January 19th.   It was a privilege to represent our Chamber at this gala event.  Mr. Hiroshi Suga was installed as the 42nd President.  Dignitaries in attendance were Consul General of Japan - Toyoei Shigeeda who was accompanied by Honorary Consul General - Art Taniguchi; Shibukawa Ikaho Hot Spring Tourism Assoc. - President Takahiro Omori & Director Nobuaki Ito; Mr. Sanuemon Chigira - President of Ikaho Spa Chigira Jinsentei; Ikaho Executive Committee International Exchange Director - Kouji Matumoto.


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Lincoln Ashida, Art Taniguchi, and Randy Kurohara
seated at the head table with dignitaries
from Shibukawa / Ikaho


Pres pic 2
JCAH President Hiroshi Suga and his wife Carolynn (middle) with Jon and Sharyl


On January 27th, I had the privilege to attend the Hui Okinawa Shinnen Enkai & Keirokai (ceremony honoring the elderly).  This year's celebration was highlighted by the acknowledgement of three "Kajimaya" recipients.  Kajimaya is a special Okinawan traditional celebration of a person's 97th birthday.  The characters written in Japanese for Kajimaya are Kaji (Kaze in Japanese) meaning "wind" and Maya (Mawaru in Japanese) which means "to spin".  A special dance using kazeguruma (pinwheels) is used in the celebratory dance.  Mayor Billy Kenoi, Honorary Consul General Art Taniguchi, and other dignitaries throughout the State also participated in the event. 


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Kajimaya recipients with Mayor Kenoi

& Hui Okinawa President Roy Hokama


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JCAH - JCCIH - HUOA Presidents with Kajimaya recipient - Mrs. Miyashiro



Pres pic 5
Festival occasion


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Taiko Drummer - Kenneth Maesato


In the upcoming months, the chamber will be filled with exciting events of interest to you, our members.  The chamber who is the sponsoring organization will be hosting its Sister City - Yurihama in February.  The 14th Annual Chamber Golf Classic Tournament will be on March 6, 2013 at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course, chaired by Mike Kaleikini, Toby Taniguchi, and Kimo Lee.  We are planning to have the honorable Mayor Billy Kenoi speak on the Economic Outlook of Hawaii County.  Mahalo nui to our new County of Hawaii Deputy Managing Director - Mr. Randy Kurohara & Lei Momi Fujiyama and many others for making these events possible  for our members.

Thank you very much for your continued support of the Chamber's activities.  Let's celebrate the New Year 2013 and make it a better year than 2012 through the values:


Giving without expecting anything in return

"Okage Sama De"
 I am what I am because of you


Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!    



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New Year's Japanese Tea Ceremony
By Carol VanCamp



Urasenke Hilo Association celebrated the Year of the Snake with their annual New Year's Tea ceremony held on Sunday, Jan. 27th at the beautiful Shoroan at Lili'uokalani Gardens. Guests included Russ Oda from the Urasenke Hilo Association; Art Taniguchi, also from the association and Honorary Consul General of Japan; Larry Isemoto from the Japanese Community Association; Carol VanCamp from JCCIH; and Delbert Nishimoto.


Japanese Tea Ceremony 1 

The activities included preparation and presentation of Matcha (powdered green tea) served with a special mocha, followed by a beautiful luncheon featuring a variety of symbolic "New Year" foods and sake.  The ladies of the Urasenke Hilo Association, dressed in silk kimonos, presented the significance of all of the foods and drinks served in the annual celebration of the New Year. 


Throughout the year, the Urasenke Hilo Association offers classes to the public at the Shoroan about the preparation and significance of tea in the Japanese culture.   


Japanese Tea Ceremony 3 



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Mayor's Message
Billy Kenoi


Mayor Billy KenoiThe County of Hawai'i mourns the passing of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a war hero, distinguished president pro-tempore of the United States Senate, and an effective advocate for the people of Hawai'i for more than five decades.
Because of Sen. Inouye, our infrastructure has been strengthened and our natural resources protected and restored. Our economic base has been widened by the support of small business and diversified through agriculture and high technology. Our Native Hawaiian community has also benefited from increased community health care, job training and employment opportunities.
His achievements will benefit the people of Hawai'i Island for generations to come. The realignment and improvement of the Saddle Road brings our island community closer. The prestige of our elite astronomy program has been further enhanced by the Thirty-Meter Telescope and Imiloa Astronomy Center, and alternative energy opportunities are symbolized by the Gateway Center at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i. Neighbor Island bus service, expansion of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, nene goose recovery and protection of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, Hawaiian crow and coral reefs are all part of his legacy.
But beyond the titles, beyond the power and the influence, what most stands out is his thoughtfulness, his kindness and how he treated everyone with respect and aloha. I will never forget that lesson. I worked as an intern in his office in the summer of 1992. He gave me an opportunity and supported me every step of the way. I look to him with the same respect, honor and love that I feel for my parents.
Sen. Inouye was a friend and mentor to generations of public servants. He always encouraged us to fight for what we believe in, to stand up for what is right, and most importantly, to give everything we have to serve the people of Hawai'i. He taught all of us how to conduct ourselves as public servants. Sen. Inouye was a leader who embodied the best of yesterday, served us the best he could every day, and was always mindful of tomorrow, of future generations.
He was a tireless advocate for the people of Hawai'i. Takako and I, our family, and our community are honored and privileged to have had him as a part of our lives. All our aloha to his wife Irene, his son Ken and the entire Inouye family.




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The Importance of Reopening the Kulani Correctional Facility
presented by
Theodore "Ted" Sakai
Hawaii Public Safety Director
Ted Sakai   
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Mala'Ikena Room
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
To Register:  CLICK HERE
Please email registration form to, or fax to 934-0178, or call the office at 934-0177




Goji Kara at Hilo Massage Clinic & Day Spa
By Dwayne Mukai, Social & Cultural Committee Member
Aloha Gang! 
Wondering what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day?  Hmm..........  Personally speaking, a little pampering would be nice.
Along these lines is an event not to be missed.  Our next Goji Kara will be at Hilo Massage Clinic and Day Spa happening on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  The SPA offers exquisite service and pampering beyond expectations......  Enjoy refreshing cucumber water in the Roman Room where you can lounge in your robe and spa slippers or you could relax under the refreshing sensation of the oxygen bar or stretch out on the Acu-Table while you leisurely wait for your next indulging experience.  It's all up to you! 
Hilo Massage Clinc logo 
Owner and new JCCIH member Cheriess Bugado, promises that it will be an evening to be remembered.  Besides learning about her spacious Spa, which provides massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, tanning bed, oxygen bar, sauna, etc., there will be ono delicious pupus / hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  To add a capiMassage pictal "A" to the word Ambiance, Cheriess has arranged for the coolest jazz music on the planet to subtly entertain attendees while they partake in a nice glass of wine.  I've heard the band before and they, the Zenith Band, take jazz music to its finest level.  It definitely will be a super coooooool evening.
For the curious, check them out at Until then, stay cool my friends......   
Massage pic 2  
To Register:  CLICK HERE
   Please email registration form to, or fax to 934-0178, or call the office at 934-0177.  




14th Annual Golf Classic Tournament
By Michael Kaleikini


MichaelKaleikini Now that the Ravens are the NFL Champions for the 2012-2013 season, we can turn our undivided attention to the next most exciting event that is fast approaching us.  Our Chamber will be sponsoring the 14th Annual Golf Classic Tournament at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

As of February 1, 2013, eighty four golfers have signed up.  We anticipate a sell-out, so please contact the Chamber or a Golf Committee member if you are interested in participating.

Mahalo's are well deserved in many areas.  First, to Title Sponsor-Big Island Candies for their continued and much appreciated support of our Chamber.  This is Big Island Candies second year in a row as Title Sponsor.  The next mahalo goes out to all of the Golf Committee members who lead the charge in getting this event accomplished.  Committee members are Allan Onishi, Art Taniguchi, Chad Ogata, Craig Shiroma, Deborah Shigehara, Dwayne Mukai, Eugene Nishimura, Ivan Nakano, Jon Arizumi, Ka'iu Kimura, Kaloa Robinson, Kimo Lee, Kyle Wada, Marvin Min, Mike Kaleikini, Mike Miyahira, Owen Nakatsu, Pearl Kang, Russell Arikawa, Sam Araki, Shannon Takabayashi-Johnson, Shelly Ogata, Stephen Ueda, Toby Taniguchi, Tommy Goya, Tracey Miura and Tracy Yamaguchi.  The dedication and unselfishness from all our members truly exemplifies Okage Sama De and Kahiau.
This year, the co-chairs Kimo Lee, Toby Taniguchi and Mike Kaleikini would like to send out an additional and much deserved "thank you" to one committee member that has been a Superman at garnering corporate support.  Ivan Nakano of Kamaaina Nissan has been truly amazing.  Besides securing our Title sponsor, Ivan has been one man dynamo, having secured twelve different Ozeki sponsorships as of February 1, 2013.
Hilo Muni, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  The format is individual stroke play, and there will be a Shotgun start at 11:00 A.M.  With your continued and valued support, we can continue to provide educational scholarships as well as community and commerce projects in East Hawaii and the entire Big Isle.  For more information, please contact Lei at the Chamber Office at 934.0177 or any one of the Golf Committee members.

JCCIH Golf logo in color 



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Astronomy Educators Reception
We invite you to celebrate Journey Week!  Meet and greet National Science Team Members plus the many astronomers and educators who are delivering this fantastic educational program to our K-12 schools.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Hilo Yacht Club
5pm to 8pm
To Register:  CLICK HERE
Please email registration form to, or fac to 934-0178, or call the office at 934-0177.
2013 JTTU Flier
  Sponsored by the
Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and
the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii





In Japan April Fools' Day is No Laughing Matter
By Ramsey Lundock, Subaru Telescope


Ramsey Lundock 

Are you getting ready for April Fools' Day?  In the United States, the day passes unnoticed except for the occasional prank.  But in Japan, April First is an important day for ends and beginnings.  It is the change of the fiscal year, the employment contract year and the start of the new school year.

Subaru Telescope 
In Japan I was able to witness a touching "ritual" in the trains on the First of April. During the morning commute to the central station, there were groups of high school freshmen girls huddled close together.  What made these April First groups different from the rest of the year is that each of the girls was wearing a different school uniform.  Normally, young people sit with other students from the same school.  But on this first day, the students still cling to their intermediary school friends; even those who's test scores have placed them in different high schools.

When the train arrived at the station, people rushed out into the crowd, like a wave drawing back into the ocean.  The tightknit groups of friends dissolved as each one chose the train to her new school.  And each one coincidentally drifted into a crowd of potential new friends wearing matching uniforms.

It is bitter sweet that one chapter in our lives must end before the next can begin.

College students provide a less pleasant reminder of the start of the year. After the first day of classes, many students indulge themselves at one of Japan's famous all-you-can-drink bars.  For some of them, this is the first time, and they have yet to understand the difference between "all-you-can-drink" and "all-you-should-drink."  But this too is part of the cycle of renewal in Japan.




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HawCC Update
By Chancellor Noreen Yamane




At Hawai'i Community College we take pride in teaching students timeless skills and values in the trades, culinary arts, liberal arts, nursing and other fields. But as we teach these skills, it's also important that we stay up-to-date with changing practices and technology to prepare students for a job market that is always evolving. One way we are doing that is with the Hawai'i Community College Sustainability Center.


The Sustainability Center has been in place for just over a year and is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant. The Sustainability Center exists within HawCC's Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) and is designed to help Career and Technical Education (CTE) and other credit program instructors obtain training and certification in "green" practices, such as:





*The National Association of Home Builders NAHB Green program


The Sustainability Center also helps instructors integrate these concepts and practices into their curricula.


In one recent development, the Sustainability Center obtained equipment that will process used cooking oil from our cafeteria into biodiesel. The biodiesel equipment will be used to teach students Process Technology as part of a noncredit program that we hope to launch this year. The Process Technology program will prepare students for jobs in process technology that include operations of refineries, wastewater treatment plants, renewable energy plants, and facilities maintenance.


In collaboration with the Electronics Program, the Sustainability Center has also acquired equipment that highlights the use of solar energy and also the parts for students to construct solar battery chargers.


At HawCC, we also want to practice what we teach, which is why the Sustainability Center is devoted to helping the college itself operate in a more environmentally friendly way. Last year, our Sustainability Coordinator, Graceson Ghen, identified approximately $20,000 in existing rebates for lighting, air conditioning and motor upgrades made on campus, and we have successfully obtained about $7,000 worth so far.


HawCC also received a $1,000 campus improvement grant from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai'i last year. These funds are being used to help support the Hawai'i Life Styles garden, which teaches sustainable traditional Hawaiian agriculture practices.


The Culinary Arts Program has also begun to distribute to-go orders in compostable bio-degradable clamshell containers instead of Styrofoam containers.


"Sustainability" has become a buzzword in recent years, but it's more than just a fad. It is a concept that is transforming certain industries, such as the energy industry, and it's important for HawCC to try to keep up with these changes. Plus, operating in ways that protect our environment is pono - the right thing to do.




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Protecting Mauna Kea
By Stephanie Nagata, Office Director of Mauna Kea Management


We are pleased to report that OMKM is making significant strides in its effort to protect Mauna Kea's natural environment.
With the addition of Natural Resources Program Manager Fritz Klasner to our staff, OMKM is collaborating with the Big Island Invasive Species Committee and Hawaii Ant Lab to draft an Invasive Species Management Plan which addresses such key issues as prevention, early detection, rapid response, control of established species, monitoring, and outreach and education.
OMKM has also been working closely with the state Department of Agriculture's Hilo-based Plant Quarantine staff to ensure that methods and procedures for inspecting and cleaning materials and deliveries to Mauna Kea implement best management practices. Inspections and training of OMKM staff have been generously provided by Plant Quarantine services.
Other ongoing invasive species response efforts include:
* Developing preventative inspections and cleaning protocols for deliveries to Mauna Kea (initially adapted from procedures developed by Haleakala National Park).
* Spearheading community-based invasive weed pulls at Hale Pohaku and along the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road totaling over 800 volunteer hours in 2012.
* Monitoring for non-native arthropods at facilities.
* Collaborating with the state Department of Agriculture on honeybee colony health with the goal of minimizing the spread of varroa mites, and helping to identify effects of fireweed bio-control.
Why is it so important to keep the mountain pristine? On one level, there are clear economic impacts. Fireweed, for example, is a pest for the island's cattle industry, while varroa mites pose a potential threat not only to honey producing bees, but Hawaii Island's unique queen bee industry.
On a broader level, all of the hard-earned improvements that have been made in the management process in recent years are due to OMKM's sincere efforts to manage all of the mountain's resources to the best of its ability. Without this balanced approach, no progress would have been made that would assure the public that the University is indeed properly managing Mauna Kea. All those who support the future of astronomy, in other words, should appreciate how critical it is for OMKM to succeed in its mission of protecting all of Mauna Kea's cultural, natural and scientific resources, for they are all connected.






Thirty Meter Telescope Update 
By Sandra Dawson, Hawaii Community Affairs Manager, TMT
Sandra Dawson
TMT is extremely thankful to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii members for the strong support you have given to our project during this long and complex process.
We need your help again.
On Tuesday, February 12, the State Land Board will hear oral arguments in the TMT Contested Case and the Hearing Officer's favorable TMT recommendation. The meeting gets underway at 11:00 am in the Hawaii County Council Chambers in the County Building at 25 Aupuni Street in Hilo. 
Please plan to attend and show your support for TMT.
TMT yes buttonNo public testimony will be taken, however, showing up wearing your Yes! TMT buttons (we will have provide the buttons) will again send a strong message of support to the Land Board members. 
When TMT first came to Hawaii Island over six years ago, we knew we had to do things differently, and we wanted to create a new paradigm. We believe the Hearing Officer's favorable recommendation supports this, and we thank each of you for your steadfast support throughout each step of the process.
This meeting is an important milestone and one of the last steps in TMT's permit process. We need your help to take us over the finish line.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Tuesday, February 12. 






 Words of WisdomTommy Goya

By Tommy Goya


 "The gift of appreciation should be used often."   










By Amanda Lee, Editor


We would like to correct information from the December 2012 Oshirase, in the article Goji Kara at Hawaii Fueling Network, Hawaii Petroleum Inc.  HFN has more Big Island sites than was previously shared.  There are 11 Big Island locations, making it more convenient than ever for you to find a site nearby to take care of all of your fueling needs.  Our apologies for the error, and continued THANKS to Joy Madriaga and the staff of Hawaii Fueling Network for the very valuable commitment and service they provide to us!





February 2013
In This Issue
President's Message
New Year's Japanese Tea Ceremony
Mayor's Message
The Importance of Reopening the Kulani Correctional Facility
Goji Kara at Hilo Massage Clinic
14th Annual Golf Classic
Astronomy Educators Reception - JTTU
Subaru Telescope Update
HawCC Update
OMKM Update
TMT Update
Words of Wisdom
2012-2013 JCCIH Leadership
Welcome New Members!












What's Happening



February 19, 2013

The Importance of Reopening Kulani Correctional Facility

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Mala'Ikena Room

11:30am - 1:00pm


March 1, 2013

 Goji Kara at Hilo Massage Clinic

and Day Spa 

5:30 - 7:30pm


March 6, 2013

14th Annual Golf Tournament

Hilo Municipal Golf Course

10:30am Registration

11:00am Shotgun Start


March 11, 2013

Journey through the Universe

Hilo Yacht Club

5:00 - 8:00pm


March 21, 2013

General Membership Meeting

County of Hawai'i Economic Outlook

with Mayor Billy Kenoi

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku'ola Room

11:30am - 1:00pm

More information forthcoming





Officers & Directors  


Executive Officers

Jon Arizumi, President

Carol VanCamp, 1st Vice President

David Honma, 2nd Vice President

Darren Nishioka, 3rd Vice President

Naomi Menor, Japanese Secretary

Donn Mende, Treasurer
Ivan Nakano, Auditor

Michael Kaleikini, Immediate-Past President



Directors - term expiring 6/30/13
Howard Ainsley
Ka'iu Kimura

Kimo Lee
Barry Mizuno

Dwayne Mukai

Seth Murashige
Eugene Nishimura

Chad Ogata

Directors - term expiring 6/30/14
Tommy Goya

Phoebe Lambeth
Marvin Min
Russ Oda

Joseph Skruch

Arthur Taniguchi


Directors - term expiring 6/30/15

Janice Bueltmann

Barbara Hastings

Randy Kurohara

Tracey Miura

Michael Miyahira

Allan Onishi

Toby Taniguchi

Oshirase Newsletter  

Amanda Lee, Editor 
Lei Momi Fujiyama, Executive Assistant 







Welcome New Members!


Cheriess Bugado  

 Cheriess Bugado

Hilo Massage Clinic & Day Spa


930-3830, 756-2621



 Joyce HIgashi-Ikeda

Joyce Higashi-Ikeda

Kamaaina Nissan

Finance Manager

930-6477, 938-6515


Savina Wendin 

Savina Wendin

Martin & Macarthur

Executive Vice President- Corporate Development

808-845-6688, 808-772-2594




Machi Fukuyama Dilworth


880-9222, 936-7843



Gail Takaki

HPM Building Supply

Home Design Center Supervisor

934-4272, 430-5898




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Imiloa Astronomy Center
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Big Island Toyota
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Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home




KTA Super Stores





Hawaii Island Adult Care 2012-2013






HELCO - New Logo 


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DeLuz Chevrolet 

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creative arts




CU Hawaii
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Hospice of Hilo
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Bank of Hawaii
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Hawaii National Bank








Hawaii Community Feder Credit Union



Imiloa Astronomy Center
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Big Island Toyota
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