Book Review: “FACING THE MOUNTAIN”

Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai’i Herald The body of literature of Asian Americans who faced suspicion and prejudice, but were able to strive and endure, continues to grow. Collectively, Japanese in America were stunned by...

Book Review: “THE THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB”

"The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory” (Grand Central Publishing, 2015) is a feel-good inspiring underdog story, in a “Karate Kid” kind of...

THREE BOOKS, ONE MESSAGE

Never Too Young to Learn Why We Should Always Strive for Peace Karleen Chinen Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This year, International Peace Day (Sept. 21) is being observed just a few weeks after the 75th anniversary...
Book cover, titled 'Leading with Aloha, From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal's Office' by Jan Iwase

Book Review: “Leading with Aloha” Redefines Leadership

Jodie Chiemi Ching Jan Iwase’s memoir “Leading with Aloha: From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal’s Office” came into my hands at the perfect time. With just two months of editorship at The Hawai‘i Herald under my belt, I still feel like I am learning to walk. Nostalgic, comforting and practical, “Leading with Aloha” was....
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A Sense of Place – Epilogue: The New Kapoho, 2018

Frances H. Kakugawa From “Echoes of Kapoho,” Published with Permission Memoir writers are often accused of invading the privacy of others. “Did you write about me?” readers ask. “Is that woman my neighbor?” “Who were you writing about in that story?” When my book “Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii” was released in 2011, I....
Stephen Lyman and his friend in a shöchu distillery. (Photo by Joseph Overbey, courtesy of Stephen Lyman)

Book Review – “The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks”

A New Book Examines Japan’s Alcohol Industry and Its Storied History Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald While Japan is a relatively small country — roughly the size of the state of Montana — its 2,000 active breweries and distilleries are responsible for more than 20,000 unique products. That staggering output reflects the breadth....
Book cover titled 'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl

Book Review “Danny, the Champion of the World”

Children’s Book Author Connected More with Children Than Adults Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At the height of his literary success, British author Roald Dahl decided to write a tribute to a father he had barely known and a boyhood he had never experienced. Dahl wrote most of his story in an antiquated....
Book cover with title 'Kona Winds' by Scott Kikkows

“Kona Winds” Book Launch

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge Press presents a book launch of  “Kona Winds,” the debut novel by Japanese American author Scott Kikkawa. This noir murder mystery is set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai‘i was evolving...
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Historical Novel – ‘Terrorism in Paradise’

Excerpts from Bill Fernandez’s Latest Book Introduction: In the 1920s, when Hawai‘i’s imported plantation workers began striking for living wages and decent living conditions in their camps, the plantation managers responded with violence, including the use of guns. “Terrorism in Paradise” by Kaua‘i native Bill Fernandez is a historical novel set in the Islands during....
Book cover with title 'The Roads to Sata, A 2,000-Mile Walk Through Japan' buy Alan Booth

Book Review – “The Roads to Sata”

A Conflicted Journey in the Author’s Adoptive Home Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1977, British writer Alan Booth decided to walk the length of Japan stretching from Cape Soya on the northern tip of Hokkaidö to Cape Sata on the southern rim of Kyüshü. Thirty-one years old at the time, Booth had....

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