Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar’s Chirashi Sashimi available at Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar ($19.95) while Sansei remains shuttered. (Food photos courtesy of Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Casualties of COVID-19

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist
Logo for Bamboo Ridge @ Home 'A series of readings from our house to yours'

Community Focus – Bamboo Ridge at Home

Around since 1978, the premiere journal of the literatures of Hawaiʻi, Bamboo Ridge, has upgraded itself for the audiovisual-media-friendly era with “Bamboo Ridge at Home” (youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM9u0tLyADkCCmC92KnUZVz475_yvQe9X). The series of online videos show Hawaiʻi creative writers filmed in their living rooms while they explain the context for, then read excerpts from, their fictional stories, creative non-fiction,....
The Japanese American National Museum presents a Q&A session for the film 'Madame Fujima Kansuma.'

Bulletin Board – JANM Digital Film Festival: “Madame Fujima Kansuma” Film Q&A

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese American National Museum presents a Q&A session for the film “Madame Fujima Kansuma,” featuring the life of a Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher who began a decades-long career in the...
MW Restaurant’s strawberry pop tart.

Ryan’s Table – Staying at Home: It’s Not Over Yet

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist We are in the third full month of the COVID-19 pandemic and besides supporting local businesses by purchasing weekly take-out, my wife and I have also found alternative means of supporting local food purveyors. We recently made the drive into town from our home on the windward side to explore....
Mega garlic noodles from Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ at Windward Mall. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Still Stayin at Home

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist We are now in the second month of the government’s mandated “stay-at-home, work-at-home” order and that 30th bowl of Sapporo Ichiban and fried Spam just aren’t cutting it anymore. So, I have been expanding my list of restaurants that offer take-out options. Over the past month, we have been doing....
Graphic for Hawaii Food Bank 'COVID-19 Response'

Community Focus – Hawaii Foodbank’s COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 situation intensifies, Hawaii Foodbank is facing an unprecedented challenge of providing food for people affected by the pandemic while continuing to meet the nutritional needs of one in eight Hawai‘i residents already struggling with food insecurity. The current pandemic has closed schools and community centers, creating a gap in meals for countless....
Irene Hirano Inouye (center) with (from left) then-U.S.-Japan Council board chair Dennis Teranishi, Consul Rumi Ariyoshi from the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, Island Holdings chair and USJC member Colbert Matsumoto, Hirano Inouye, and USJC Emerging Leaders Program participants Lynn Miyahira and Brandon Marc Higa at a 2016 reception in Honolulu for visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Photo courtesy Lynn Miyahira)

Remembrance – Remembering Irene Hirano Inouye

Karleen C. Chinen “Determined, unflappable, tireless and tenacious.” That is how Dr. Akemi Kikumura-Yano is remembering Irene Hirano Inouye, her friend and former colleague, who died April 7 in Los Angeles after an extended illness. She was 71 years old. Most people knew Irene Hirano Inouye primarily as the widow of the late U.S. Sen.....
Hawai‘i’s “Day of Remembrance” program featured speakers (from left) Bill Kaneko, Susan Arnett, Jacce Mikulanec and April Tahara Carvalho. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

Spotlight – Internment Remembered

Karleen C. Chinen About 150 people spent their Feb. 22 morning learning about why an injustice from 78 years ago is as relevant today as it was in 1942. The gathering place was the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i where a “Day of Remembrance” program organized by JCCH and the Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League....
Dr. Jon Matsuoka (far left) with Living Treasures of Hawai‘i Committee members (from left): JoAnn Yosemori, Cecilia Lindo, Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Cindy Alm, Jill Kuramoto and Jonathan Johnson. (Photo by Debbie Kubota)

In Our Community – Honpa Hongwanji Inducts 2020 Living Treasures

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Olive oil cake

Ryan’s Table – A “Fête” For All Occassions

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Like the famous 80s television sitcom “Cheers,” the staff and regulars at Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar always know our names. We enjoy the food and wine there so much that you could say it’s like our home away from home. But, since it moved across the breezeway at....

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