Project Dana – A Rainbow Of Caring

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Approximately 500 volunteer caregivers and supporters of Project Dana gathered at the Dole Cannery’s Pömaika‘i Ballrooms on Sept. 20 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this widely respected and...

HUOA Installs 2015 Officers, Honors “Uchinanchu Of The Year”

Over 900 people packed the Hawaii Okinawa Center on Jan. 17 for the installation of the organization’s 2015 officers and advisors and to recognize the year’s Uchinanchu of the Year. In his message, outgoing president...

Chrysanthemum Festival Queen Crowned

Devynn-Leigh Kochi, 16, of Ha‘ikü was crowned queen of the 62nd Chrysanthemum Festival, which was held Dec. 6 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, Maui. Kochi is a junior at King...
Photo of Retired Army Gen. and former Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki

Community – AJA Soldiers’ Artifacts Sought for National Museum of the U.S. Army

The U.S. Army plans to open the National Museum of the United States Army — NMUSA — near Washington, D.C., in 2019 that will include recognition of World War II AJA soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service, 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Work on the three-story, 185,000-square-foot facility is underway on 83....

442nd Veterans Celebrate 73rd Anniversary

Close to 500 World War II Nisei veterans, their families and friends turned out for the 442nd Veterans Club’s 73rd anniversary banquet at the Pacific Beach Hotel on April 10. About 60 of the...
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 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.....
Cyndi Osajima (right) will succeed Rose Nakamura as executive director of Project Dana on Oct. 1. (Photo by Kevin Kawamoto)

Community Service – A Passing of the Torch at Project Dana

Cyndi Osajima to Succeed Retiring Executive Director Rose Nakamura Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When Project Dana co-founder Shimeji Kanazawa was looking for a “trusted leader” to help fulfill her dream of establishing a caregiving program within Hawai‘i’s Buddhist community, she didn’t have to look much farther than across the kitchen of the....

Haleiwa Shingon Mission Reaching Out

Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Yoo Omairi . . .” sang a chorus of voices, as more than 100 people gathered at the Haleiwa Shingon Mission on O‘ahu’s north shore on Oct. 26 for...
Photo of Hawai‘i Sansei attorneys Leigh-Ann Miyasato and Eric Yamamoto worked tirelessly to get Fred Korematsu’s conviction overturned. (Hawai‘i Herald file photo)

Community – “National Security and Democratic Leaders”

An Opportunity to Learn About the Continuing Importance of the Korematsu Case Karleen C. Chinen During a visit to the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law in February 2014, the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016, conceded that the World War II internment of Japanese American was....

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