150th Anniversary of the Gannenmono

JUNE 7 2018

The First Japanese Immigrants to Hawaii Commemoration Ceremony and Symposium

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OUR SPEAKERS

Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Performance by Aolani

Performance by Teruya boys

Performance by Keiki Dances

Performance by Kanaka’ole family

Performance by Manoa DNA

Morning Program 09:00-12:00
9:00-9:20
Opening Ceremony: Hawaiian Oli (Sentaro Ishii’s or Tokujiro Sato’s descendant) Welcome Remarks: 150th Anniversary Committee Chair, Consul General of Japan, and VIP guests
9:20-9:40
Keynote: Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye Topic?
9:40-10:10
Entertainment:

  1. Hore hore bushi by Aolani
  2. Songs by Teruya boys
  3. Keiki Dances
10:15-10:30
History of Gannenmono – Dr. Mark McNally: The history of Gannenmono, the story that led to Gannenmono immigration to Hawaii mainly from the context of Japanese history (late Edo-period to Meiji ~ 1968 ~ 1971 and on).
10:30-10:45
Coffee Break
10:45-11:30
KIZUNA presentation:

  1. JASH – Wizard Competition – High School: Video submission on Gannenmono
  2. UJSH – Hanashikata: Two speakers to present on Gannenmono
  3. JCCH – Announce photo contest winner: reflection of 150 year history of Nikkei in Hawaii
11:30-12:00
Gannenmono descendants on stage Hula dance: Kanaka’ole family (Sentaro Ishii’s descendants) and/or Lyons family (Tokujiro Sato’s desendants) Talk and Reflection: topic?

Lunch break (12:00-13:30)

  • Guest Lecture: Mr. Colbert Matsumoto
  • On-stage entertainment: Manoa DNA
Afternoon Program 13:30-16:10
13:30-13:35
Opening Remarks
13:35-13:55
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Dennis Ogawa: The overview of the history of Gannenmono from context of Hawaiian history (King Kamehameha ~ King Kalakaua and on), on why Japanese immigrants had a special spotlight in Hawaiian history.
14:00-14:25 Panel Discussion
Dr. Michael Chun: King Kalakaua’s vision/aspiration in soliciting Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and how it is realized today (exemplified by Kamehameha Estate experience). Moderator: Mr. Cyrus Tamashiro
14:25-14:50 Panel Discussion
Dr. Akemi Kikumura Yano The Nikkei experience in the Mainland (topics up to the speaker), how it is different compared to that in Hawaii, and the uniqueness of Hawaii’s Nikkei experience. Moderator: Mr. Cyrus Tamashiro
14:50-15:15 Panel Discussion
Dr. Masako Iino Japan’s effort in connecting with the Nikkei abroad and aggregating their experience and knowledge. What do Japan and the world want to know about and learn from the Nikkei experience in Hawaii, particularly for the future generations. Moderator: Mr. Cyrus Tamashiro
15:15-15:35
Coffee Break
15:35-16:05 Q&A
  • Dr. Chun
  • Dr. Yano
  • Dr. Iino
  • Dr. McNally
  • Dr. Ogawa
16:05-16:10
Closing Remarks
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Cancellation Policy

  • No shows or cancellations after May 29, 2018 will be charged.
  • No refunds after May 29, 2018.
  • Admission is non-transferable.
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Seating Information

  • 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.

150th Anniversary of the Gannenmono

Commemoration Ceremony and Symposium
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