Tomodachi Committee Celebrates Hinamatsuri

(L-R) JASH President Ed Hawkins, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo pose in front of the hinaningyo display

(L-R) JASH President Ed Hawkins, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo pose in front of the hinaningyo display

On Tuesday, March 1, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo graciously opened their residence to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s Tomodachi Committee for the annual Hinamatsuri program in celebration of Girl’s Day. 

Traditionally held on March 3rd, hinamatsuri is marked by families praying for the good health, happiness and prosperity for their girls. Upon entrance into the residence, guests enjoyed a beautiful 7-tiered hinaningyo display, a traditional Girl’s Day doll display. Guests were also treated to a brilliant musical performance by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Randall and Gay Hongo, along with hula performances by the Hongos’ friends Ethel Kubo and Shinko Ishikawa. Randall and Gay entertained guests with their lovely renditions of both Hawaiian and traditional Japanese songs. Tomodachi members joined in on the Hina Matsuri song, “Ureshii Hinamatsuri (Happy Hinamatsuri)”. After the performance, Consul General & Mrs. Kamo invited guests to partake in special hinamatsuri refreshments prepared by their personal chef. Tomodachi Committee members also generously donated delicious items such as mochi and bara-zushi. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Tomodachi Committee would like to send a big mahalo to Consul General and Mrs. Kamo for hosting this special event. We would also like to thank Randall and Gay Hongo for providing a memorable musical experience, and their friends Ethel and Shinko for a beautiful hula performance. Thank you also to the Tomodachi Committee members who generously donated refreshments and to Tomodachi Co-Chair Mrs. Kazuko Love for chairing this event.

Randy and Gay Hongo sing a duet while Ethel Kubo and Shinko Ishikawa dance the hula

Randy and Gay Hongo sing a duet while Ethel Kubo and Shinko Ishikawa dance the hula