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Do you recognize anyone in either photo or have info about the Hawaii Island Sumo Kyokai? Please come and share your stories and information.


by Sumo wrestlers from 

Nittaidai University in Tokyo 


Sunday, February 22, 2015 

Waiakea Rec Center 

(1634 Kamehameha Avenue) 

1 pm—3 pm 

  • Short video on the various aspects of sumo. 

  • Demo by six student sumo wrestlers from Japan. 

  • An opportunity for children to interact with the sumo athletes. 


Free Admission!


This free event is presented by:

Consul General of Japan, Toyoei Shigeeda

in conjunction with the

County of Hawaii

Japanese Community Association of Hawaii

Hawaii Japanese Center

For information call 854-2020

In 1881 King David Kalakaua visited the Emperor of Japan during his world tour where he witnessed the popular Japanese sport SUMO. This inspired him to encourage Japa-nese migration to Hawaii; these migrant workers established sumo tournaments in which local Kanaka Maoli were invited, instigating the sport in Hawaii. 

Sumo was a very popular sport on the Big Island for many decades under the auspices of the Hawaii Island Sumo Kyokai (undated pictured at right) 

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