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The Parasol Newsletter RETURNS!
UCS is happy to announce that the "Parasol" newsletter is back in publication! Please click on the link to read about news from 2021's first quarter. Archived Parasol newsletters can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. Happy Reading!
Mask Donations to Support Member Societies
On May 31, 2020, United Chinese Society of Hawaii trustees handed out close to 5,000 masks to its member societies and organizations. Zhongshan Overseas China Commercial Association contacted United Chinese Society’s Immediate Past President, Henry Ou, sharing its generous offer to donate masks to our member societies and organizations to use for society business or events. UCS is grateful for the opportunity to support its member societies and organizations during these uncertain times. Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
Supporting Hawaii's Frontline!
Originally, the United Chinese Society of Hawaii embarked on a fundraiser to help its sister cities asking for assistance in China as COVID-19 rapidly spread. As China started to climb out of the pandemic, COVID-19 made its presence in the United States where it became evident that there was more of a need locally.
The original intent was to donate PPEs, but due to various quality issues and medical center standards, we did not feel comfortable purchasing just any product. With its trustees, member societies, and members, UCS decided to make a monetary contribution to each of the three hospitals that serve our Chinatown community: Queens Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, and Straub Medical Center. UCS President Teddy Chong and President Elect Leonard Kam made the presentations on April 30, 2020.
Along with the monetary donations, dim sum lunch boxes from Sing Cheong Yuan were delivered to each of the facilities on May 1, 2020. This allowed UCS to also support a Chinatown vendor! The monetary contributions and meal donations were met with great appreciation and gratitude!
Thank you to the following organizations and members for touching the lives of the frontline individuals who are helping the people of Hawaii!
The United Chinese Society of Hawaii
The Hawaii Chinese Writers' Association
Hawaii Chinese Culture Service Center
Global Federation of Chinese Business Women - Hawaii Chapter
Association of Chinese from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Theodore (Teddy) Chong
Dr. Wendell Foo
Leonard and Lori Kam
Calvin (Kelly) Lau
Edna W. McKenna
Dr. Glenn Pang
Member Society News
A message from Jeanne Lum, President of the
Chinese Buddhist Association of Hawaii – Hsu Yun Temple
The Coronavirus is here in the community and has been declared as a pandemic in the United States. Recently, events involving 50 or more people are cancelled. We are told to limit gatherings to 10 people and also advised to not ride the BUS other than going to the doctor.
Because of the current situation and to ensure the health and safety of our members, the temple will be CLOSED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Should you have questions, please call 561-8275.
Take good care. Mahalo
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Announcements
Regarding the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Kekaulike Mall / Street Multimodal Improvements Projects, PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc. are asking for input as to existing or proposed projects, plans, policies or programs that they should consider when preparing Chapter 343, HRS Environmental Assessment.
Since this may affect your business, this is brought to your attention. Please mail your comments to:
PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.
Attn: Catie Cullison
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650
Honolulu, HI 96813-3484
Buck Toy Club
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Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii
Aloha, Dear Society Presidents and Past Presidents:
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
The HKBAH mission is to increase the understanding of Hong Kong’s role in the regional and global economies of the 21st century; and to provide a focus and bridge in facilitating trade, investment, and business opportunities between Hawaii, Hong Kong, China and its neighboring regions in order to enhance our separate commercial and investment environments for mutual benefit. We endeavor to accomplish our mission by pursuing the following goals:
▪ To provide networking opportunities among members, and between members and persons with business interests in the target communities.
▪ To provide a forum for exchange of business and trade information and overall understanding among and between Hawaii/United States, Hong Kong/China and its neighboring economic regions.
▪ To promote and maintain the international business role and image of Hong Kong and Hawaii.
▪ To create value-added benefits for our membership.
HKBAH continues to promote our mission through events in Hawaii.
On behalf of the HKBAH, wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year!
Barinna Poon, President
Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo's
*** Press Release ***
The Board of Directors of Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo (MHKLB), parent organization of Mun Lun School, are pleased to announce their selection of Ms. Lily Shan as the next Principal. After a rigorous selection process, she was chosen for her academic background, energetic approach and visionary ideas for the school as it enters its 109th year.
Ms. Shan was educated at the Shanghai Economic Management College in China and received a paralegal degree. She also took law courses at East China University of Political Science and Law. Moreover, she obtained a debate certificate from the Honolulu Community College. Ms. Shan has been teaching at Mun Lun School for the past five years. She will be Mun Lun School’s seventh Principal in its long history of teaching the Chinese language, its culture and heritage.
Located in Chinatown Honolulu, Mun Lun School has an enrollment of over 300 students and is the largest and oldest Chinese language school in Hawaii. Mandarin and Cantonese dialects are taught by our dedicated teachers to prepare our students to engage with the Chinese speaking world. Our students have competed on the international stage and have received numerous awards in Chinese language and calligraphy competitions through the years.
MHKLB dba Mun Lun School is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization open to students from elementary school to high school regardless of ethnicity who are interested in learning the Chinese language and culture.
Baldwin Au, Chair
Principal Search Committee
Howard Lau, President
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo （夏威夷明伦学校的母公司）董事会非常高兴地向大家宣布，我们推选单丽莉女士为下一任校长。经过严格的选拔流程，她凭借其学术背景、充满活力的工作方式以及对本校进入第109个年头所持有的愿景理念而获选。
Baldwin Au, 主席
Howard Lau, 总裁
Mo Hock Ke Lock Bo
HAKKA MUSIC INTEREST GROUP FORMED
As part of its 100+ anniversary, Tsung Tsin Association will focus on Hakka music — its history and its impact. To this end an interest group on Hakka music is being formed under the guidance of Dr. Yuanyu Kuan of UH-Manoa. Dr. Kuan teaches Asian Studies and Music. The meetings are at the Tsung Tsin club house at 1159 Maunakea Street in Chinatown. Members and all interested persons are invited to this meeting. If anyone has questions/topics regarding Hakka music, please email them to , and Dr. Kuan will research and incorporate them prior to our meetings.
The Hawaii Chinese Writers' Association
The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association (“HCWA”) is a non-profit organization established on October 18, 1997 in the U.S. by founder and Chairperson, Sai-Lin Wong 創會會長, 黃世連 (筆名黃河浪), with Chin-Tang Lo as Honorary Chairperson 名譽會長 羅錦堂. The Association is now headed by current President, Yip Fong 會長 葉芳, Vice President Lian Yun 副會長 連芸 and Vice President & Treasurer Celia Ko 副會長兼財務 高于晴. The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association’s mission is to compile and publish Chinese literary works by writers living in Hawaii and those worldwide; to promote the Chinese culture regardless of political, religious, or ethnic background; and to sponsor exchanges between Chinese writers throughout the world.
Throughout the past 20 years, The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association has published 88 editions of its literary newspaper, “Pearl Harbor”, two volumes of the first ever anthology of Chinese literary works by different members of the HCWA called “Blue Hawaii”, and two international conference proceedings named “Shaking Hands With The Pacific Ocean” and “Revisiting The Banyan Tree Hometown”. The Association has also published a series of works by individual members. All of which have been added to the library collections of universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Beijing University, Taiwan University and The Central Library of Hong Kong, among others.
The Hawaii International Conference on Global Chinese Literature in 2011, which was hosted by The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association and sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, co-sponsored by the Confucian Academy of Hong Kong, the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Department of Chinese Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the Research Society of Chinese Culture, the University of Hong Kong, the Department of Chinese at the University of Macau, the College of Literature at Beijing Normal University’s Zhuhai Campus, and the Hawaii Chuk Kai Tai Chi Club, fostered literary and cultural exchanges between prestigious conference guests from the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau, and was a great opportunity for participants to share their accumulated experiences of creating global Chinese literature and exploring the future of its development while promoting Chinese language and literature in Hawaii. The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association received a Proclamation issued by Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz of the State of Hawaii proclaiming August 21, 2011 as “Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association U.S.A. Day”, and received a Certificate from the Hawaii State Legislature commending this conference as well.
The Hawaii International Seminar on Guan Di Culture and the 20th Anniversary Conference of The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association was held jointly by The Hawaii Chinese Writers’ Association and the Chuk-Kai Tai Chi Club on October 15, 2017 at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Ilima Room devoted to expanding, strengthening, and promoting international cultural exchange and propagating the culture of Guan Di. This event was very successful and The House of Representatives of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii issued certificate to the two hosting organizations for promoting Chinese culture and literature in Hawaii and throughout the world, and extended its warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.