Rotary Club of Hilo president Steve Handy (far left) presents the $20,000 check from the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan to Pahoa Sunset Rotary Club president Ron Cutler (fourth from left). Handy was joined by Rotary Club of Hilo members (from left) Mitchell Dodo, Ed Hara, Newton Chu, Naomi Menor and Russell Oda, all of whom, except for Menor, are Rotary Club of Hilo past presidents. (Photo courtesy Ed Hara)

Community Focus – Rotary Club of Hiroshima South Donates $20,000 to Puna Relief Fund

The Rotary Club of Hiroshima South in Japan presented a $20,000 check to its sister club in Hawai‘i, the Rotary Club of Hilo, to support the Puna relief efforts resulting from the ongoing Kïlauea volcano eruption. The donation was made at the Rotary Club of Hiroshima South’s meeting on June 1. The funds will be....
Cover photo of Duane Kurisu and Connie Mitchell holding a t-shirt that reads, "We Built It!"

Lead Story – Kahauiki Village: “We Built It!”

What Can Happen When the People Put Their Heads and Hearts Together Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “We built it!” It took Hawai‘i businessman Duane Kurisu just six months and one day to develop Kahauiki Village — a public-private housing project that is fulfilling his dream “to build a community,” not just....
Photo of outgoing president Tom Yamamoto (right) presents the president’s gavel to his successor, Vince Watabu.

Community – HUOA Installs 2017 Officers

Earlier this year, the Hawai‘i United Okinawa Association installed its 2017 officers and advisors and honored its Uchinanchu of the Year (see Hawai‘i Herald, April 7, 2017). Tom Yamamoto, 2016 president, passed the gavel to his successor, Vince Watabu, at a gathering attended by more than 800 on Jan. 21 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.....
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Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 1 of 4)

Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, post baccalaureate certification in special education, 2016. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Kokoro is a reminder for me to remain present and connected in a constantly changing....
Photo of the three sister courts gathering for a group photo while attending the 76th Nisei Week coronation in Los Angeles.

Cherry Blossom Festival Special – Queen Interview

Alexis Sayuri Okihara 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Looks Forward to Sharing Knowledge with Future Generations Gwen Battad Ishikawa It is fitting that kansha (gratitude) was the theme of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival, because kansha is what Queen Alexis Okihara has felt for the past year. “They [Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, who....
Photo of World War II Nisei veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd

Densho and GFBNEC Hold Fundraisers

Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I recently attended fundraising events for two national organizations that have been documenting and memorializing the Japanese American experience, with a strong emphasis on World War II. The objective of...

Cyrus Tamashiro Installed As UJSH President

Karleen C. Chinen Over 350 people turned out for the installation of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s 2015-16 officers and directors at the organization’s annual Installation and Recognition Banquet. The event was held June...

The Sweet Sounds Of Mark Yamanaka

Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s a thought that makes diehard Hawaiian music fans of Mark Yamanaka count their blessings when they learn that the multiple Nä Hökü Hanohano-award winner once questioned whether, as...

Intergenerational Living

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i is known for its large number of multigenerational households and for the importance that its diverse cultures place on family relationships and activities. There are two very different,...

Sarah Kiyomi Kamida

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Every year, the Herald interviews the outgoing Cherry Blossom Festival queen as she prepares to pass on her crown to her successor. What are some of the changes that have taken place...

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