Book Cover with title 'Hawaii Regional Cuisine, The Food Movement That Changed the Way Hawaii Eats' by Samuel Hideo Yamashita

Book Review – “Hawaii Regional Cuisine”

The Food Movement That Changed the Way Hawai‘i Eats Lynette Lo Tom Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Today, we take for granted that our restaurant food will have influences from all ethnic groups and that the freshest Hawai‘i farm vegetables will be showcased. But this wasn’t always the case. Professor Samuel Hideo Yamashita reminds....
Book cover with title 'epitah for a peach four seasons on my family farm' by David Mas Masumoto

Book Review – “Epitah for a Peach”

Lessons David Masumoto Learned from a Special Peach Alan Suemori Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1995, David “Mas” Masumoto’s novella, “Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm,” was published to unexpected acclaim. It was a lilting dreamscape of memory, meditation and soliloquy. Divided into four seasons, the book follows the....
Book Cover, title 'Okinawan Princess, Da Legend of Haijichi Tattoos'

Book Review – “Okinawan Princess”

“Da Pidgin Guerilla” Lee Tonouchi’s Local Feminist Fairy Tale Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Recently, I have thought that there is a need for more children’s books about Okinawan culture. And I was so excited when author Lee Tonouchi, who calls himself “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” announced that he and illustrator Laura Kina were working on a....
Book cover 'Hawaii Regional Cuisine' by Samuel Hideo Yamashita

“Hawaii Regional Cuisine” Talk and Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Slow Food O‘ahu, University of Hawai‘i Press and da Shop present a talk and book signing by Pomona College history professor Samuel Hideo Yamashita, author of the newly released “Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine: The...
Book Cover titled 'Eco Living Japan, Sustainable ideas for living green' by Deanna MacDonald

Book Review – “Eco Living Japan”

Book Challenges Japan to Rethink Its Future Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry swaggered into Tōkyō Bay, ushering in a new era of modernity that would change Japan forever. The shogun’s officials had never seen ships that could sail under their own power and when Perry disembarked, accompanied by....
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Book Signing: “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” By Helen Zia

WHO/WHAT: Helen Zia will talk about her new book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” which examines the mass exodus from China during the communist revolution and its impact on global politics today. The book...
HoMA's Book Club: 'Cane Fires' by Kaui Philpotts

HoMA’s Book Club: “Cane Fires” By Kaui Philpotts

WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Book Club presents a discussion on Kaui Philpotts’ “Cane Fires,” a book comprised of short stories set in post World War II Hawai‘i, a period when sugar and...
Book cover titled 'No-No Boy' a novel by John Okada

Book Review – The “No-No Boy” Tragedy

John Okada’s Raw Confrontation of a Reality Was Ahead of Its Time Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald John Okada wrote only one novel in his lifetime, but that one book was so original, alive and breathtaking that its impact is still being felt among Asian American writers, artists and filmmakers today. Published in....
Book Cover, titled 'Tadaima! I Am Home. A Transnational Family History' by Tom Coffman

Book Review – “Tadaima! I Am Home”

Gerald Kato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When he was in his teens, Stephen Miwa was puzzled by his mother’s cryptic remark: “The Miwas are unlucky.” She never explained what she meant, but her words haunted him for decades. After she died, he began exploring his family’s past in order to better understand the Miwas’....
Book cover titled 'Japanese Inn' by Oliver Statler

Book Review – A Visit to the “Japanese Inn”

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Once again I am driving southwest on the great Tokaidö Road that runs between Tökyö, the present capital of Japan, and Kyöto, the ancient capital . . . I am headed for the dream-haunted calm of the old inn called Minaguchi-ya.” And so begins Oliver Statler’s classic recreation....

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