“The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” continues through April 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. (Photos courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Arts Review – “The Disasters of Peace”

Social Discontent Highlighted in Manga Works of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This is not your American-style funnies; that’s for sure. The Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition, “The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” features the manga (Japanese comic....
2018 Nengajo by Anne Ruedo, Waipahu High School — second place, artistic, high school.

Nengajo – 2018,Year of the Dog

The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of....
Kati Kuroda (far right) with the cast of playwright Lee Cataluna’s “Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight,” which Kumu Kahua Theatre staged last summer. (Photo by Denise De Guzman)

The Arts – Kati Kuroda’s Real Life Stage

Acting is Her Passion — Onstage and Off Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the 1970s and ’80s there erupted a remarkable celebration of local culture and identity whose echoes are still being felt today. Some called it the “Hawaiian Renaissance,” but it went beyond any easy label and overflowed its boundaries constantly....
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 the beginning of her lifelong commitment to Okinawan performing arts. Today, Allison Yanagi — now Allison Yanagi-Sensei....
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 of “principal dancer,” and she had toured the U.S. mainland, Europe and Japan with major international ballet companies.....
Photo of a floral wedding arch by Asa Ige. (Courtesy hawaiiweddinglove.com)

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 his home island. In the process, he has met such notable figures such as television personality Oprah Winfrey, His....
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 their own works of art that, although they may not be direct imitations, at least resonate with an....
Photo of Küpuna Sadao Honda and interviewer Dana Okuma.

Lead Story – “Crossing Bridges”, A Celebration of Wahiawa’s People and History

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 exhibit highlighting the former pineapple plantation town’s rich history and its beloved küpuna (elders) and students. The exhibit, titled “Crossing Bridges,” featured stories and photographs of....
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...

“Rock’n The Holidays With Rakugo!”

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has the perfect solution for filling your holidays with merriment. “Rock’n the Holidays With Rakugo!” will be on-stage at Tenney Theatre through Dec. 20. The production, which features three stories, was...

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