Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
President of the U.S.-Japan Council
She oversees the organization and administers the TOMODACHI Initiative. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum.
Dr. Mark McNally
Professor UH Manoa
Mark T. McNally is Professor of History at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is a specialist in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868).
Mr. Colbert Matsumoto
Chairman and President of Island Holdings
Active with many community organizations, he played a key role in the fundraising efforts on behalf of several entities including the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii where he led its successful $9 million campaign to save its facility from foreclosure.
Dr. Dennis Ogawa
Professor of American Studies UH
Ph.D. from UCLA in 1969 and is a professor at UH. His books include the best sellers: JanKenPo: The World of Hawai’i’s Japanese Americans and Kodomo No Tame Ni – For the Sake of the Children.
Dr. Michael Chun
Retired President and Headmaster of Kamehameha Schools
Retired President and Headmaster of Kamehameha Schools now currently engaged in corporate and charitable leadership throughout Hawai`i.
Dr. Akemi Kikumura Yano
Anthropologist and Curator, whose works include the best seller Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman and the traveling exhibition “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai’i Belt Road,” installations appearing in Brazil, Los Angeles and throughout Hawai’i.
Dr. Masako Iino
President of the Japan-U.S. Educational Exchange
President of the Japan-U.S. Educational Exchange Promotion Foundation (Fulbright Foundation); Former President / Professor Emeritus of Tsuda University, Tokyo; Chair of the Academic Council, Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. As a professor she taught in the fields of American history and immigration studies at Tsuda University for many years.
Mr. Koichi Ito
Consul General of Japan
Mr. Koichi Ito is the Consul General of Japan in Honolulu. During his 34 years’ service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, his overseas assignments included China (Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary), as well as Geneva (Economic Affairs) and Malaysia (Deputy Chief of Mission).
OPENING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 am
Sheraton Waikiki, Molokai Ballroom
Yuki Kaea Lyons and Lily Kahelelani Lyons Descendants of Tokujiro Sato
Hula - Kaea Alapai
Performed by Halau Kaeaikahelelani
Welcome and Introductions
Ms. Barbara Tanabe, Emcee
Honorable David Ige Governor of State of Hawai‘i
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
Honorable Masahisa Sato State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan
“Gannenmono: Hawai’i’s First Japanese Immigrants”
Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye President, U.S. – Japan Council
Performance by Manoa DNA
Legacy of the Gannenmono
Talk Story with Descendants of Tokujiro Sato, Sentaro Ishii, Matsugoro Kuwata, Bunkichi Arai Moderated by Carole Hayashino
Kizuna Hawai‘i Celebration Activities
- Hanashikata presented by UJSH Krista Mamiko Shoda (11th grade), Leeward Japanese School “My Japanese-American Ancestors”
- Sage Tadashi Maxwell (11th grade), Kamehameha Schools “More than Tradition”
- Japan Wizards Competition video presented by JASH Students: Lindsay Sasaki, Victoria Nago, Keiran Dela Cruz Hawaii Baptist Academy
- JCCH Photo Contest winners announced by Kurt Osaki
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Kauai/Maui Ballrooms)
- Welcome: Jill Kuramoto, Emcee
- Sukiyaki: Performance by Tanner and Devin Teruya
- Keynote:Colbert Matsumoto Chairman and President of Island Holdings
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cyrus Tamashiro, Moderator
Hole Hole Bushi
Performance by Aolani Yukie Silva
"Gannenmono: A Living Testament"
Dr. Dennis Ogawa, Professor of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
"Two Cultures - One People"
Dr. Michael Chun, Former President and Headmaster of The Kamehameha Schools
“How Do the Experiences of the Mainland Japanese Americans Compare to Hawai‘i’s
Experiences and the Gannenmono?” Dr. Akemi Kikumura Yano, Former President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum
“Gannenmono Spirit and Hawai‘i-Japan Relations”
Professor Emeritus Masako Iino, President of the Japan-U.S. Educational Exchange Promotion Foundation
"Japanese Castaways and the Gannenmono: The Case of Ishii Sentarō."
Dr. Mark McNally, Professor of History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tyler Tokioka, Co-Chair Kizuna Hawai‘i
- No shows or cancellations after May 29, 2018 will be charged.
- No refunds after May 29, 2018.
- Admission is non-transferable.
- Seating for morning and afternoon sessions will be theater style seating. Reserved VIP Sponsor seating, open seating for General Admission attendees.
- Lunch seating: Eight per table. Reserved tables for VIP Sponsors, open seating for General Admission attendees.
Who were the Gannenmono?
The Gannenmono were a group of approximately 150 Japanese who emigrated to Hawai’i in 1868 to serve as migrant workers on sugar plantations, work for which they each signed 3-year contracts. Although they were not the first Japanese people to visit Hawai’i, some of them eventually became the first to settle in Hawai’i, and today we call them gannenmono (lit. “people of the first year”) because of their departure from Japan and arrival in Hawai’i in 1868, the first year (gannen) of the new era of Meiji.