Kizuna: The planning group behind the state’s Gannenmono activities is a coalition of over 20 organizations known as the Kizuna Group. Meaning “bond,” the committee chose the Japanese word “kizuna” to symbolize the many connections being celebrated during this auspicious anniversary. The links between past and present, the camaraderie felt between islands, and the connection between communities in Hawaii and Japan are all rejoiced in the festivities occurring throughout the year. 



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