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).
Morning Program 09:00-12:00
- Hore hore bushi by Aolani
- Songs by Teruya boys
- Keiki Dances
- JASH – Wizard Competition – High School: Video submission on Gannenmono
- UJSH – Hanashikata: Two speakers to present on Gannenmono
- JCCH – Announce photo contest winner: reflection of 150 year history of Nikkei in Hawaii
Lunch break (12:00-13:30)
- Guest Lecture: Mr. Colbert Matsumoto
- On-stage entertainment: Manoa DNA
Afternoon Program 13:30-16:10
14:00-14:25 Panel Discussion
14:25-14:50 Panel Discussion
14:50-15:15 Panel Discussion
- Dr. Chun
- Dr. Yano
- Dr. Iino
- Dr. McNally
- Dr. Ogawa
- 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.