In case you're wondering what happened to my post from earlier this morning previewing the Taku Taku Matsuri Summer Festival, scheduled for Saturday at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: I've pulled it from the blog on account of the event being postponed due to possible effects from Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Here's the formal statement from organizer Yuka C. Nagaoka, posted earlier this afternoon:
!!! Attention !!!
With public transportation becoming transportation to emergency evacuation locations, Hospitals shutting down, and all the chaos happening,
I have made the decision to cancel taku taku Matsuri on August 9th, 2014.
I have thought this through for the pass few hours, and I find that, for everyone's safety, this is the best decision.
BUT DO NOT WORRY!!!!
I have rescheduled with the venue.
I will make this happen.
So, you know what??
STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES!!!!!
Please everyone, please be safe.
With many many Mahalos and Alohas,
Yuka C. Nagaoka
I'll repost any updates here as I get them. For now ... well, people in-state (particularly those of you on Hawaii island), shelter in place and stay safe. Those of you out of state ... pray for us.