Picture Brides: A Story Of “Gaman”

Karleen Chinen Vol. 7, No. 3, Feb. 7, 1986 As Barbara Kawakami listened to the experiences of the Japanese and Okinawan picture brides who came to Hawaii between 1908 and 1924, memories of her own life...
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Ushu Tamashiro (1902-1986)

When Barbara Kawakami and Dr. Alice Yun Chai set out to document the lives of the picture brides, they knew they were battling time. Most of the women were in their 80s. For some,...

Recording The Story Of Hawaii’s People

Lorraine Oda Vol. 4, No. 18, Sept. 16, 1983 Until the Ethnic Studies Oral History Project sought them out, Edith Yonenaka, Charlie Santos, Yuzuru Morita, Ernest Malterre and Raku Morimoto considered themselves ordinary working people. But...

OTA Camp Is People

Editor’s note: This story by Gail Miyasaki was published during Hawaii Hochi’s first effort to launch a Japanese American community publication. The editor was James Brown, who later became the Hawaii Hochi’s English editor;...

Moloka‘i’s Renaissance Man

Alan Suemori Vol. 15, No. 18, Sept. 23, 1994 In Masashi Otsuka’s dream, he is 14 years old again, rocketing across the uplands of Moloka‘i, his ears filled with the pounding of his heart and the...

Slaying The Hapa Stereotye

Shayna Ann Akiko Coleon Vol. 24, No. 6, March 21, 2003 My friend, who looks like my sister but had always referred to herself as Japanese, giggled. “I’m kinda hapa,” she said. “I’m half-Okinawan, half-Japanese. And...

Barbara And Lonny Tomono

This is a Kyoto love story, like a romantic movie that makes your heart sigh and your body warm all over. It’s about a woodworker from the Big Island and a fiber artist from...

Toshi: The Search For Perfection

If you go to the former exhibit area on the second floor of George Hall on the University of Hawaii campus, you will see them — the large wedge and circles, all made of...
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Omega Plus One

About 17 years ago, the University of Hawaii issued a public statement to the effect that the number one problem on the Manoa campus was the apparent fear, reluctance or inability on the part...

Tracing An Indelible Mark

Joe Udell Vol. 29, No. 19, Oct. 3, 2008 Decades before sweeping art galleries, trendy bars and hip restaurants revitalized O‘ahu’s Chinatown, the area was a gritty mid-century Mecca for tattoo enthusiasts, connecting the mystic art...

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