A View From Kaua‘i

After reading about the first 14 years of Bill Fernandez’s life growing up on Kaua‘i in his first book, “Kaua‘i Kids in Peace and War,” the author and retired California judge said many people...
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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....
Book Cover, titled 'The Three-Year Swim Club' by Julie Checkoway

HoMA Book Club: “The Three-year Swim Club”

WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Book Club presents a discussion on Julie Checkoway’s “The Three-Year Swim Club,” the 1930s story about a group of Maui sugar plantation kids and Coach Soichi Sakamoto, the...
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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...
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“The Musubi Book” Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Mana Musubi shop co-owner Manabu Asaoka will introduce his new book, “The Musubi Book,” celebrating the popular triangular rice snack. Asaoka will also do a mini musubi demonstration, share some of his recipes...
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Dear Frances – A Read and Contemplate Column

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, As this issue of The Hawai‘i Herald reaches you, I am in New Jersey to speak and lead a workshop at the Brookdale Foundation National Respite and RAPP (Relatives as Parents Program) conference. I knew I would be away, so I decided to devote this month’s column....

“I Am Somebody”

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald One of the first poems that appears in Frances Kakugawa’s latest book from Watermark Publishing, “I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving,” is succinctly titled, “SOS!”...
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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’....
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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....
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Spotlight – Bamboo Ridge Turns 40 with a Book and a Bash

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen Chinen Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawai‘i’s go-to publisher for local literature, is celebrating its Big 4-0 with the release of a new volume of poetry, prose and art — and a birthday bash. First, the party. The “Not Pau Yet Party” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. in....

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