75th V-J Day Commemoration, Events, Stories and Resources Ida Yoshinaga To celebrate “Victory Over Japan” Day in the Pacific, World War II veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Terry T. Shima was featured in...


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...
From July 4 through July 12, the Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple illuminated lanterns to pay tribute to ancestors. (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

Community: The Last Months Of Obon

As August approaches, so does the end of obon. This year, hot summer nights were not spent dancing around a yagura, eating a KC Waffle hotdog or cooling off with shave ice under the...
Jodie Ching is a Japanese and Okinawan American yonsei born in Torrance, California and raised on East O‘ahu. She graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute and has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and literature. Ching began writing for the Herald as a freelancer in 2014 and became its staff writer in 2018. With this issue she begins a new chapter as The Hawai‘i Herald’s editor.


Jodie Chiemi Ching When I read the news about the Honolulu Star-Advertiser giving notice to lay off 31 workers across all departments, I felt heartbroken and afraid. But, just a couple of days ago, on June 30, Pacific Business News senior editor, Janis L. Magin, reported that the Star-Advertiser and the Pacific Media Workers Guild,....
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Community – Obon Schedule for July 2020

Around mid-April, The Hawaiʻi Herald starts calling Japanese Buddhist temples and community organizations across the state. And this issue would normally include a four-page pull-out section filled with information including Hatsubon and obon services, Töro nagashi (lantern floating) and bon dance festivals. Regrettably, this is the first summer in decades that the schedule seems up....
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Community Focus – Go Back to School in the COVID-19 Economy

Older teens or young adults sitting around your house, twiddling their thumbs or video-gaming non-stop, under the stay-at-home order? Or have you long hoped to pursue higher education but had to put it off because of work? Now is the time to prepare for the future, to follow that educational dream. Except for the University....
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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” ( 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,....
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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Sidebar: HUOA: Irei no Hi in Hawai‘i Set for June 22

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will livestream a commemoration of Irei no Hi, or Okinawa’s Memorial Day, on Monday, June 22, on its Facebook page and YouTube channel from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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