Allison Yanagi-Sensei (right) plays sanshin while her student Yukiko Pierce practices kücho during a recent lesson. (Photos courtesy Allison Yanagi)

Culture – “Aloha Den-On” To Debut New Ryukyuan Music School

Nomura Ryü Dentö Ongaku Kyökai Okinawa to Join Hawai‘i Concert Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to the Hawai‘i Herald More than 20 years ago, Bokuzen Kaneshiro presented his precious sanshin to his yonsei granddaughter, Allison Ya- nagi. It marked...
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Community – “Allegiance” Cast to Honor Nisei Veterans

Screenings of the Broadway Musical Also Scheduled for Hawai‘i Veteran actor and civil rights activist George Takei will honor veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team at a special program on...
Photo of Romi Beppu at the entrance to her new studio.

The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank...
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Arty Business – Asa Ige Says it with Flowers

Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Maui boy Asa Ige has taken his love for art and a fondness for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and developed a successful flower design business on...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by...
Artist Laurie Sumiye: Mount Fuji and Mauna Kea are “. . . considered sacred mountains and very important to the cultures. So I see a lot of parallels.” (Photo by Wayne Muromoto)

The Arts – “Thirty-Six Views of Mauna Kea”

Artist Laurie Sumiye Borrows Hiroshige’s Concept and Creates Her Own Homage to Mauna Kea Wayne Muromoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald There are certain works of art that reverberate in time and inspire other artists to create...
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Lead Story – “Crossing Bridges”, A Celebration of Wahiawa’s People and History

Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hundreds of Wahiawä residents gathered under the stars at the Wahiawä Hongwanji Mission on a cool, crisp Dec. 10 evening for a reception celebrating the debut of a photography...
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HIFF 2016 – It’s HIFF Time Again! Time to Get Out Your Calendar and...

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the curtain will go up on the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. For 11 glorious days, film lovers can be swept away to the 23 countries represented...
Photo of “My Korean Teacher” screens on Nov. 8 and 11.

HIFF – Spotlight on Japan

“OVER THE FENCE” | U.S. Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 112 min. Written by Yasushi Sato and Ryo Takada. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. From Yamashita (“Linda Linda Linda,” “La La La at Rock...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...

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