A visual comparison of table rice and milled rice for ginjo and daiginjo grade sake.

Ryan’s Table – For Sake’s Sake

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist My earliest exposure to sake was memorable though not very pleasurable. You see, the Tatsumoto clan always hosted a New Year’s Eve party for my mom’s co-workers from Kahalu‘u Elementary School, Dad’s University of Hawai‘i football tailgate crew and other friends and family.
And . . . taran! Look closely, the cooked taroimo (taro) leaves can be seen in the lower right hand corner

My Hawaii – Wow, Laulau!

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake GINOZA-SON — I now live more than 4,800 miles away from my....
Members of the Oahu AJA League championship team, Waipahu, gather for a group photo (from left): Landen Taga, Chevas Numata, Zach Kometani, Nelson Inabata, Moku Paiva, Blane Muraoka, Hunter Hirayama, Revan Wong, Ricky Tahara, Kaipo Paiva, David Torigoe and Shaun Kiriu with his son Cooper.

Community Focus – Oahu AJA Baseball League Holds Awards Banquet

“Remembrance, Honor & Celebration” was the theme of the Oahu AJA Baseball League’s annual awards banquet on April 26 at Natsunoya Tea House. The event also celebrated the league’s victory in the 84th Annual Hawaii State AJA Baseball Championship Tournament, which was played at the Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo on April 6 to 7.....

Natto Time: Talk Story and Demo

WHO/WHAT: Musician, educator and “natto demonstrator” Eien Hunter-Ishikawa will talk about natto (fermented beans), which is regarded as a “superfood” in Japan. Natto is known for its many health benefits including cardiovascular health, brain...
Yoshiaki “Aki” Sewake and his mom, Keiko at the entrance of Yomitan High School. Like in Hawai‘i, it is customary for graduates in Okinawa to receive lei and gifts.

My Hawaii – Graduation Yomitan Style

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist The tradition of proudly receiving your diploma in a cap and gown to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” is pretty much a given at any high school or college graduation ceremony in the United States.  It was no different in the ’80s when I attended Leilehua High School in....
Team photo of Taishoji Taiko

Big Island Taiko Festival 2019

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Big Island Taiko Festival 2019. The festival will feature Taishoji Taiko, Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, Kona Daifukuji Taiko Club and Ryukyukoku Matsuri...
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...
Photo of Ethel's Grill, 808-847-6467, 232 Kalihi St.

Ryan’s Table – Chuggy’s Super Secret Supper Club

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist It’s not really a secret club. It’s just dinners arranged by Grant Shindo –– also known as “Chuggy Bear” –– who started the venture with his business partner, Thomas Obungen. They had planned on opening a restaurant consulting business called Slug Media. As more and more friends asked to join,....
The 67th Cherry Blossom court, from left: Miss Congeniality Reeann Minatoya, Princess Katrina Shimomura, First Princess Kayla Ueshiro, Queen Lauren Sugai, Princess Ariel Lee and Princess and Miss Popularity Taylor Chee. (Photo courtesy of HJJCC)

Spotlight – Lauren Sugai Crowned Cherry Blossom Queen

Jodie Chiemi Ching On March 16, Lauren Akemi Sugai was crowned the 67th Cherry Blossom Festival queen at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, marking the climax of the 2019 festival, sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. In an interview with The Hawai‘i Herald, Sugai shared her Cherry Blossom Festival experience. When her name....
Professor Hirotaka Arai leads the Hakuoh University Handbell Choir playing their numerous handbells.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Performs in Hawaii

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir shared its amazing handbell music at a friendship luncheon hosted by Hakuoh vice president and board chair Joji Kamioka on Feb. 19 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The choir also presented free concerts at Central Union Church, Windward Community College and Leeward Community College.

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