Hawaii and Japan

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan this past March brought about a huge outpouring of sympathy and concern from our island community - a testament to Hawaii's historical, cultural and economic ties with Japan. The majority of Hawaii's Japanese-Americans are descended from the original wave of Kanyaku Imin, or contract laborers, from Japan. Japanese visitors in turn also contribute significantly towards main Hawaii's economic engine, the visitor industry, and many of Hawaii's cultural leaders teach and perform in Japan today.

Joining host Dan Boylan to illuminate our unique connection with Japan are: Yoshihiko Kamo, Consul General of Japan at Honolulu; Dr. Gay Satsuma, Associate Director of the University of Hawaii's Center for Japanese Studies; Ku'uipo Kumukahi, award-winning musician who teaches frequently in Japan; and Lara Yamada, KITV 4 news reporter/anchor who recently visited the heavily damaged areas of Japan to cover the stories of those Hawaii residents determined to help the people in need.

This conversation was recorded on May 19, 2011 in the PBS Hawaii studio. Insights on PBS Hawaii is presented on Thursdays at 7:30.


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