Colin Sewake
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

In March of last year, I was pleasantly surprised to receive some correspondence from Dr. Roy Hanashiro, a professor of East Asia and Japan history at the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Hanashiro, who was born, raised and educated in Hawai‘i, said he subscribes to The Hawai‘i Herald and has been following my columns.

He and I also connected immediately because his father, like mine, was from Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai‘i and had worked in the sugar cane fields, just as my grandfather had done. After earning his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Dr. Hanashiro settled in Michigan and began his teaching career at the University of Michigan-Flint in 1989.

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