Bon dance festival 2019 at Hawaii's Plantation Village. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

Community – Ever-Evolving 2020 Statewide Obon Schedule

Around mid-April, The Hawai‘i 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. Regretfully, this is the first summer in decades that the schedule seems up....
The Nonaka family in 1987. Front row, from left: Takao, Chiyoko, Takano, Fujiko, Hideo. Back row: Masatoshi, Yukie, Iwao, Norman, Tamiko, Frank, Pearl, Helen, Charles, Clara. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Kurokawa)

Lead Story – Lawai International Center’s History of Healing

Grandma Nonaka’s Legacy Still Lives Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Kyö wa Odaisan yo. Pau kaukau, we go.” Takano Nonaka of Hanapëpë, Kaua’i, or Baban as her grandchildren affectionately called her, was as committed to spirituality as she was to her family. Every month during the 1960s, she would call to her grandchildren....
JANM staff, sheltering in place in their own homes, perform “All By Myself” in a finale for the gala. (Photos courtesy of JANM).

Community – JANHM Holds an Unprecendented Virtual Gala

Gwen Muranaka Courtesy: Rafu Shimpo The Japanese American National Museum took a “leap” into the virtual world on April 18, live-streaming its annual gala to homes in lieu of the black-tie event that was to be held that night. In a mix of pretaped and live segments, the show went on, with speeches, music and....
The Hawai‘i Gagaku Society held its concert on Feb. 8 at the Daijingu Temple of Hawai‘i under a full moon. Member David Shinsato told the Herald, “Our sensei (Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto, not pictured) passed away a week after the concert on Feb. 14, so this was the last concert that he was able to attend.”

In Our Community (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

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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....
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.

Editor’s Note – COVID-19 is Bringing Our Community Together

Jodie Chiemi Ching You will see a couple of changes in this issue, and there will be a few more in the next one. And it’s not because I am the new editor of the Herald. As you’ve probably already guessed, it’s because we’ve been putting our heads together (while social distancing ourselves of course)....
Bishop Cosmo Hirai does three pours with three prayers. On the first pour, we pray for world peace; on the second, we pray for our ancestors; and the third, we create our own prayer. (Photo courtesy Todaiji Hawaii  Bekkaku Honzan)

Hanamatsuri – Essays on Hanamatsuri in an Age of COVID-19

Editor’s note: This year the local Buddhist temples will not hold Hanamatsuri services due to COVID-19. Twenty-nine-year-old Bishop Cosmo Hirai brings a young new perspective to the community. We have also added two previously published essays by Rev. David Fujimoto and Bishop Chishin Hirai because they provide insight relevant to the current struggles of the....
Sally Kageyama, Janet Ito and Zina Nagamine show off the fresh andagi for sale.

In Our Community – Drive-Thru Chicken Sale at Jikoen!

[caption id="attachment_20620" align="alignnone" width="696"] Jikoen Hongwanji Mission held the first of its twice-yearly barbecue chicken benefit sales on Feb. 15. After many years of having supporters park and come in to pick up their orders, temple members got innovative last year and introduced a drive-thru line with temple volunteers bringing the purchaser’s order out to....
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....

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