Ai Iwane working with the Kodak Cirkut camera in Fukushima. (Photo by Haruo Imazumi)

The Arts – Fukushima …. Hawaii

Japanese Photographer Connects Fukushima with Hawai‘i Through Her Love of Bon Dance Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From now through Aug. 17, Japanese photographer Ai Iwane’s photo exhibits — “Island in My Mind, Fukushima” and “Fukushima Ondo” — are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. The....
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.....

“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...

What’s new at Ellis Island?

Pop quiz: Which Japanese American players have played in the NBA. Click here to find out if you are correct. A Japanese American exhibit at Ellis Island gets commissioned. Celebrating Japanese American Baseball Heritage Night with...

Showtime all over the world

Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...

Art, art, and more art

The artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, who was featured in the film The Cats of Mirikitani, is now on display in New York. Buddhists in San Francisco have a variety of places to worship. Several Asian...
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....

Ramen Girl, Mochi making and The Karate Kid

Film star Jackie Chan may play the role made famous by Pat Morita in the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. The Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy, gets ready for its release. Mochi-making lives on in...

A call for interviews, exhibitions, and speakings

The Center for Oral History wants to interview Hawaii-born Japanese Americans who were removed from work or school on the West Coast and incarcerated during World War II. One blogger looks back on the importance...
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....

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