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Dialogue – Mahalo Big Island!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The years fly by faster than we realize. Case in point: this year’s Big Island Issue. This edition marks the fifth since we committed to highlighting Hawai‘i island’s special people, businesses, organizations and projects. Unlike the good ’ol days when we actually had a staff that could go out and chase....
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....
Photo of Gwen Battad Ishikawa with leis on her last day at the Hawaii Herald

Commentary – After 26 years …

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Six thousand, seven hundred and ninety-seven . . . give or take. That’s how many days I’ve worked at The Hawai‘i Herald and Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. On April 20, I bid farewell to the building that was my second home for 26 years and to my co-workers who had become my second....
Takeo and Shigeko Nakasone picking coffee cherries together

Lead Story – From Field to Cup with Gambare Grit

Japanese Immigrants Helped Put Kona’s Coffee Bean on the Map Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As I listened to Takeo Nakasone’s story, I was struck by a sense of place and time that began on a coffee farm on the western slope of Hualälai on Hawai‘i Island. It is where Takeo grew up....
GALA’s garlic fried rice.

Ryan’s Table – Realizing a 25-Year-Old Dream

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto The end of April marked the beginning of a new story — a story about the realization of a dream that took root more than two decades ago. Long before his career took him on a triangular journey between the 50th; Seattle, Wash., and the Bay Area, Chef Kelly Degala....
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Honbushin International Center Daikon Festival

WHO/WHAT: Honbushin International Center’s 2018 Daikon Festival is a harvest festival featuring food booths, crafts, a vegetable bazaar, cooking show and entertainment. Sun protection gear is recommended, including gloves, hats and sneakers. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, May...
Island Insurance Foundation president Tyler Tokioka and state Department of Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto (far right) congratulate 2018 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award recipient Corinne Yogi. (Photo courtesy DOE)

Herald Salutes

Kipapa Elementary School principal Corinne Yogi received the 14th annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation. Yogi was presented the $25,000 award at the annual Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on April 19. The award is named in honor of Island Insurance Company,....
Graphic of a man eating meal with chopsticks, enjoying the aroma of his bowl of soup

Literature “The Silent Lesson”

Shiho Shinoda Nunes From “Growing Up with Ghosts” The story of Sanae and her mother’s ghost I heard some years later from a girl from Mälua who lived in our dormitory. Sanae left home when she was fifteen to go into domestic service with a haole family in Hilo. Her mother had died the year....
HUOA’s 2020 president Lynn Miyahira: “. . . I talk to my fellow fourth generation, fifth generation, sometimes sixth generation Uchinanchus — it’s up to us to keep this going.”(Photo by David Shimabukuro/One Moment In Time)

Community – Lynn Miyahira Thanks “Village” That Raised Her

HUOA’s 2020 President Looks Ahead to a Year of Milestone Anniversaries Lynn Miyahira Published with Permission I am so honored to be here today. So, Governor David Ige, First Lady Dawn Amano Ige, fellow Gajanchu (members of Miyahira’s ancestral village club, Gaza Yonagusuku Doshi Kai), Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Ito,....

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