Photo of Toshiro Mifune on a movie set

Cover Story – “Mifune: The Last Samurai”

  Filmmaker Steven Okazaki's New Film Highlights the Life and Work of the Masterful Toshiro Mifune Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Toshiro Mifune exploded upon the world stage, delivering an epic performance in Japanese film...
Photo of John “Prime” Hina at work on a mural.

Lead Story – “Mele Murals”, Art is Life. Film Chronicles the Story of the...

Roy Kimura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Mele Murals” is a documentary directed, produced and edited by Tadashi “Tad” Nakamura (director also of “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings”). The film was co-produced by ‘Öiwi TV...
Photo of owners and husband and wife, Betty and Calvin Shibuya

Cover Story – Happy 100th, Komoda Store & Bakery! The Makawao Institution is Still...

Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald  T. Komoda Store & Bakery in the Upcountry Maui town of Makawao is celebrating the kind of milestone family-run mom-and-pop businesses rarely achieve: its centennial. Yes, 100 years in business....
Photo of Ishikawa grandsons attended July book launch of their grandmother's, Barbara Kawakami, story.

Cover Story – “Picture Bride Stories” Historian Barbara Kawakami’s Long-Awaited Book is a Treasure

Karleen C. Chinen Thirty. “Thirty” is a number that comes up often in conversations about Barbara F. Kawakami’s long-awaited book, “Picture Bride Stories.” That is how long the methodical Kawakami has been working on this...
Cover of Issue featuring Hoku restaurant and title "Serving Up Aloha in Finland"

Cover Story – Loco Moco .. in Finland?! You Bet, Thanks to Chef Ryan...

Lorraine Oda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A sansei from Pearl City is sharing some of Hawai‘i’s favorite dishes in the faraway land where he now makes his home. Ryan Shibuya, whose restaurant, Hoku, located in the...

Cover Story – Meeting Mitsuru Shimabukuro, Hawai‘i Senator’s Past Launches New Mission in Japan

Glenn Wakai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I entered this world as Mitsuru Shimabukuro. My mom, originally from Okinawa, gave birth to me in Tökyö when she was 16 years old. As a child herself, she was...

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35 – The Legacy

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary I don’t spend too much time worrying about how many more years of publishing life lie ahead for the Herald. Frankly speaking, it’s not a decision that I have much control over....

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Welcome to Part 1 of The Hawai‘i Herald’s 35th anniversary edition! When managing editor Gwen Battad Ishikawa and I began tossing around ideas about how we would celebrate this milestone anniversary in print, I...

The Singing Priest

  Growing up in the ancient capital city of Kamakura, Takamasa Yamamura was expected to follow tradition and take over his family business, which stretched back 24 generations into Japan’s feudal past. “My father was a...

Boston Finisher!

Meredith Kuba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Last month, I finally realized my long-held dream of running the Boston Marathon. It was a quest I had given my life to for three years and, oh, how...

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