Photos of Taiko drummers of Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival

WHO/WHAT: Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko — the school’s student taiko group — and PBA’s faculty will present their annual taiko festival. ”Koi-Koi! — Let’s Go!” is the theme of this...
From left: Misako Ito, Consul General Koichi Ito, Imperial Decoration recipient Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dean Jerris Hedges and former University of Hawai‘i president Dr. Fujio Matsuda.

Community Focus – Dr. Satoru Izutsu Awarded Imperial Decoration

Dr. Satoru Izutsu, recently retired vice dean and director of admissions for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan. Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito made the presentation....
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu executive board take their oath of office: Front row, from left: Sharon Shimabukuro, Roberta Umeno, Bonnie Miyashiro, Sara Nakatsu, Derek Fujio, Jane Kaneshiro and Yoneko Yamashiro Edmonson. Back row, from left: Kazumi Iho, Grace Carmichael, Diane Kawamoto, Kathy Shigemura, Sadayo Tamaki and Sato Shankles.

Community Focus – Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Installs New Officers

Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu installed its new officers at a dinner banquet on Jan. 28 at the Pagoda Restaurant. The Koyo Kai is made up of six Okinawan koto schools on O‘ahu. The organization recognized two koto sensei who recently retired — Diane Hatsuko Kaya-Sensei and Chieko Miyasato-Sensei — and thanked them for....
Deputy Director of the Dept. of Budget of Finance, Ken Kitamura

Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Ken Kitamura to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance. Kitamura was formerly business management officer for the Department of Human Services. In his new post, he will support Budget and Finance director Laurel Johnston in assuring compliance with the director’s primary roles and responsibilities as....
June Arakawa was one of the first members of Hui O Laulima when it organized in 1968. Arakawa is pictured with a cultural display organized by Hui O Laulima at the then-Honolulu Academy of Arts. (Hawai‘i Herald Archives)

Community – Hui O Laulima to Celebrate its 50th With “Kanaganatu”

Hui O Laulima to Retrace Its Journey from “Auxiliary” to “We Can Do It! They were just supposed to help their husbands entertain visiting dignitaries from Okinawa by serving ocha (tea) and snacks, help the men organize dinners, and sit beside their husbands and smile . . . But something happened along the way. If....
Photo of Frances Kakugawa

Dear Frances – Journeying Along a Steep Cliff

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa With each new year comes another birthday that moves us closer to the setting sun. I recently read a novel that defies all of our concerns about aging and dying.....
Libations made with regular spirits (left) and barrel-aged spirits (right). (Photos courtesy Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Sometimes Aging is a Good Thing

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto When I look in the mirror every morning and spot another white hair in my goatee, or notice that the hair atop my head looks a bit thinner, or when I wake up with body aches from unknown causes, I always chalk it up to the unwanted consequences of aging.....
Graphic of working women's icon, Rosie the Riveter, stating "We can do it!"

Your Social Security – Rosie the Riveter: Working Women’s Icon

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY By Jane Yamamoto-Burigsay
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride, A Family Saga”

HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 118 “These local jigaboos will never convict one of their own,” spat Grace Fortescue. “The judge will order one retrial after another until poor Thalia can’t take it anymore and those animals will get off scot-free.” Grace held court in the shade of the Moana Hotel’s giant banyan....

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