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  • a Blue Zone initiative
    drop in classes covering basic to advanced

    EVERY THURSDAY
    1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Aupuni Place (formerly Nā Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books)
    WARD WAREHOUSE

  • We’re proud to introduce Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i. This unique set of cards uses native Hawaiian plants and animals for all of the suits.
    Click here to learn more >

  • Our Extra Large Hanafuda Hawaii Style cards are easy to handle and shuffle. The redesigned images are more colorful and detailed. The smaller box fits in your pocket, and can go with you anywhere.

  • The mission of Hanafuda Hawaii is to bring generations a little closer by teaching Hanafuda to a new generation. We hope to preserve this cherished Island tradition so that families, once again, will make more time to play together.

  • The box set includes traditional size (1½ × 2½ inch) playing cards, and an instruction booklet. The cards are made of heavy card stock for a satisfying snap!
         The cards are marked with: points, suits, and yaku combinations. The instruction book includes a history of hanafuda. It's good fun for the family, and a great gift.

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WHAT IS HANAFUDA?

Hanafuda is good fun for everyone! Hanafuda are playing cards from Japan. People play many different games with them.

Hanafuda Hawaii Style cards are especially for the game played in Hawai‘i. We've made the game easy to learn and play. You will be having a great time with friends and family in no time at all.

Click here to find out more >

PLAY

Come join us to play, and make friends.

  • Hanafuda Moai at Aupuni Place, Ward Warehouse
    formerly Nā Mea Hawai‘i/Native Books
    1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu

    Thursday 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
  • The Mō‘ili‘ili Senior Center
    2535 South King St., Honolulu
    Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Room 209

NEWS

“Hanafuda Nā Pua”

by: Lynn Cook
Ka Wai Ola
Iulai (July) 2016 | Vol.33, No. 7
page 8

“The ancient Japanese card game Hanafuda is all new, all Hawaiian and all ready to grow memories for a new generation...”

read more >

“Hanafuda receives isle-style makeover”

by: Lynn Cook
Star Advertiser
July, 17 2016

“The woman behind the card game's new look wants to teach a new generation...”

read more >

Video profile of Helen Nakano for 2016 YWCA Leader Lucheon

more news >

TESTIMONIALS

Hanafuda Hawaii is about using games and game play to teach young people, and to keep the minds of the elderly active and engaged. We are working with community groups to bring generations together.

Our latest project, Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i, expands our mission to include environmental awareness, and the preservation of native cultures and ecology.

“ Dear Helen:
I appreciate your's and Jason’s sensitivity, integrity, thoughtfulness, and much care, incorporating the mana‘o from the NH community, in making Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i pono. Jason is a wonder — such exquisite art work. I too enjoyed playing the game, and the patience of your volunteer sensei working with us.”

—Jean Kajikawa

read more >

Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i

We’re proud to introduce Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i. This unique set of cards uses native Hawaiian plants and animals for all of the suits.
Click here to learn more >

CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF LOCAL SELLERS

Upcoming Presentations

  1. Monday, May 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    Presentation

    at Wahiawa Rainbow Senior Club

  2. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Learn & Play

    at UH Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    UH Manoa Campus, Krauss Hall
    2500 Dole Street, Honolulu

  3. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Learn & Play

    at UH Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    UH Manoa Campus, Krauss Hall
    2500 Dole Street, Honolulu

  4. Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Learn & Play

    at UH Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    UH Manoa Campus, Krauss Hall
    2500 Dole Street, Honolulu