After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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A Sense of Place – “Hilo Rains”

Juliet S. Kono From “Hilo Rains,” Republished with Permission Editor’s note: “Hilo Rains,” Juliet Kono Lee’s first book of poetry, was published in 1988 by Bamboo Ridge Press. The poems draw on Kono’s and her family’s...
Shawarma plate from Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine. (Photo courtesy Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – It’s Greek to Me

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loved the flavors of the Mediterranean — cuisine that comes from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Extremely diverse, it includes dishes from European countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain; North African countries such as Algeria, Libya and Moroco; and Middle Eastern countries....
Jane Heit has a busy summer ahead, attending nearly all of the Big Island’s bon dances. She’s also squeezing in a quick trip to Japan in August to take in several summer festivals.

Lead Story – The Big Island Bon Dance Queen

Jane Heit and Tsukikage Odorikai are Helping to Re-energize Big Island Bon Dances Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A persistent rain dampened the start of the bon dance at the Honomu Henjoji temple on June 15 — and no amount of prayerful looks at the darkening sky would make it go away. Led....
Eric Tanouye and longtime Green Point Nurseries employee Estelle Navalta discuss their work plan for the day. During the 2009 economic recession, Tanouye and his fellow Big Island flower growers came up with a plan to lift the spirits of their entire island community. (Photo courtesy Eric Tanouye)

Home Sweet Home – Community Spirits Tanouye, Goto, and Galimba

Meet Three Big Island Community Spirits Who Keep Their Communities Resilient and Relevant Dan Nakasone Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Each of the islands of Hawai‘i has its own unique qualities that draw you to them. I love all of the islands, but the Big Island is — and will always be — my....
Smaller fashion statement items are stored in this showcase: bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and little zipper pouches.

Culture and Arts – Heritage and Aloha at Kimura Lauhala Shop

The Kona Shop Has Been Keeping a Hawaiian Tradition Alive for 105 Years Jodie Chiemi Ching “Put your hands into the soil, it’s good for your soul; you get back to where life begins,” said Renee Kimura, the fourth-generation owner and manager of Kimura Lauhala Shop in Kona. Here, the natural scent of the lauhala,....
Kükai‘au Ranch cowboy Toshi Imoto on his horse. “Toshi Imoto was one of the best all-around cowboys of that time,” said former Parker Ranch veterinarian Dr. Billy Bergin. (Photo courtesy Paniolo Preservation Society/Thomas Lindsey Collection)

History – Hawaii Island’s Japanese Paniolo

Recalling the Early Days of Hawaii's Japanese Cowboys Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1793, British Captain George Vancouver sailed to the island of Hawai‘i, where he presented King Kamehameha I with a gift of six cows. A year later, five more cows arrived at Kealakekua, courtesy of Vancouver. At that point, Kamehameha....
Honda Food Processing products range from kim chee varieties to ogo namasu to takuan and more.

Lead Story – The True Grit Honda Foods Story

From Farm to ’Fridge, Naoki and Rose Honda are Keeping Tsukemono Culture Alive Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tsukemono just might be one of the most underrated components in Japanese cuisine. Many local folks have grown up with that simple side dish of pickled veggies that provides a refreshing crunch and palate-cleansing sparkle....
Kevan Kamibayashi testing equipment in a lava field.

Volcano – From “Broke Mechanic” to Chief Field Engineer

Kevan Kamibayashi’s First Encounter with Kïlauea Changed His Life Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The first time I saw flowing lava, that was it . . . I was hooked!” That is how Kevan Kamibayashi describes his first encounter with an active volcano back in 1992, at the age of 11. Born and....
KTA Express Kealakekua store director Hoku Kamakau (center) joins KTA Superstores president and COO Toby Taniguchi (far left) and company chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi (far right) for the market’s April 14 grand opening. The Kealakekua community also turned out to welcome the new store. (Photos courtesy Toby Taniguchi)

Kealakekua – “KTA Express” Opens in Kealakekua

Energy-Efficient and Technically Innovative, KTA Express is Much More Than a Convenience Store Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald To the uninitiated, the simple green-and-white commercial building along the Hawai‘i Belt Road (or Mämalahoa Highway, if you prefer) in South Kona might not seem like such a big deal. After all, the building itself....

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