Discretion’s consequence in Shin Buddhism


Secrecy’s Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contraditions of Concealment
written by Clark Chilson

2014 | 235 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3839-3 | $42.00
Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture

Drawing on historical and ethnographic sources, as well as fieldwork among covert Shin Buddhists in central Japan, Secrecy’s Power introduces the histories, doctrines, and practices of different covert Shin Buddhists. It shows how, despite assumptions to the contrary, secrecy has been a significant part of Shin’s history since the thirteenth century, when Shinran disowned his eldest son for claiming secret knowledge. The work also demonstrates how secrecy in Shin has long been both a source of conflict and a response to it.


Hawaii’s Japanese Americans past and present



From Race to Ethnicity: Interpreting Japanese American Experiences in Hawaii
written by Jonathan Y. Okamura

2014 | 248 pages
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3950-5 | $42.00
Race and Ethnicity in Hawaii

From Race to Ethnicity resonates with scholars currently debating the relative analytical significance of race and ethnicity. Its novel analysis convincingly elucidates the differential functioning of race and ethnicity over time insofar as race worked against Japanese Americans and other non-Haoles (Whites) by restricting them from full and equal participation in society, but by the 1970s ethnicity would work fully in their favor as they gained greater political and economic power.

“Nā Hua Ea: Words of Genuine Sovereignty”

EVENT | Community Discussion | July 2, 5:30–7:30 pm

Join The Value of Hawaiʻi 2 and other sponsors of this free community event on the windward side of O‘ahu. 

Poetry performances will include The Value of Hawaiʻi 2 contributors Dawn Mahi, Lyz Soto, No‘u Revilla, and Brandy McDougall

The event kicks off a month-long celebration of ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea. For 50 years from 1843-1893, ka Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea celebrated Hawaiian national independence. It was revived in 1985 by kanaka aloha ‘āina, including Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell and Imaikalani Kalahele. Hui Mau ke Ea continues in this legacy of aloha ‘āina and is sponsoring events throughout July in building momentum toward the annual festivities of ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea at Thomas Square on Saturday, July 27 at noon.

Nā Hua Ea: Words of Genuine Security and Sovereignty is a free, public event presented by Hui Mau ke Ea with its cosponsors: The Value of Hawaiʻi 2 hui, Papahana Kuaola, MANA movement for aloha no ka ʻāina, Womens’ Voices Women Speak, the Center of Biographical Research, and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

See the TVOH2 website for more details.


The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions
edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua

2014 | 322 pages | 20 illustrations
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3975-8

Authors George and Willa Tanabe Honored with JCCH and HHF Awards

On June 21, UH Mānoa professors emeriti George and Willa Tanabe will be honored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i with the Spirit of JCCH award, as community leaders who exemplify Japanese American values of Hawai‘i. The award follows last month’s Historic Hawai‘i Foundation recognition of the Tanabes for their book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i, with a Preservation Media honor award.

There’s still time to reserve a seat at the JCCH Sharing the Spirit of Aloha awards gala, where you can bid on a hardback copy of Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i in the silent auction. (We also donated a copy of Shiho Imai’s Creating the Nisei Market, which explores the history and importance of Japanese American merchants in Hawai‘i.)

Congratulations George and Willa!

Photo caption: UH Press executive editor Pat Crosby
joined authors George and Willa Tanabe, and book designer
Julie Matsuo-Chun at the 2014 Historic Hawai‘i Foundation
Preservation Honor awards.

Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawai‘i: An Illustrated Guide | 2012 | 256 pages
Paper ISBN 978-0-8248-3679-5 | Cloth ISBN 978-0-8248-3663-4