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....

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...
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....

Jared S. Higashi

Jared S. Higashi recently joined the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association as director of government and community affairs. Higashi will represent HLTA members and serve as a liaison with government and elected officials. He will...

Okutsu ‘Ohana Visits Hilo’s Okutsu Home

Karleen C. Chinen It had been nearly eight years since Randy Okutsu had visited the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, named in honor of his late father, World War II Medal of Honor recipient Yukio...
Nisei Veterans Legacy member and story co-author Byrnes Yamashita (far left) at the exhibit’s opening in Hiroshima. Also pictured from Hawai‘i: Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission, George and Hiroko Arine and NVL president Wes Deguchi. (Photos courtesy NVL)

Community – “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy”

Photo Exhibit on Hawai‘i AJAs Connects in Japan Byrnes Yamashita and Jon Ishihara Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The photographic exhibit, “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy,” highlighting the story of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i and the experiences of Hawai‘i’s Japanese Americans from past to present recently wrapped up a successful tour of four cities in Japan,....
Eric and Lisa Inouye in a group photo with family members and friends.

Glenwood – Hirano Store Celebrates 100 Years!

From Issei Entrepreneur to Sansei Business Major, Hirano Store Has a Rich History Patsy Y. Iwasaki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Buckets of rain had been falling in East Hawai‘i all week long and it looked like it was going to be another soggy and overcast day. But the gloomy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits....

Töhoku Debris Now A Kaua‘i Treasure

Averie’ Soto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On Jan. 18, 2013, a U.S. Navy ship cruising the waters off Kaua‘i’s Port Allen Harbor came across a large metal buoy floating in the ocean. The object’s long...
Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki presented made in Fukushima daruma (traditional Japanese doll symbolizing perseverance and good luck) to the three Hawai‘i Fukushima kenjinkai presidents (from left): Winston Towata of Hawaii-Shima Fukushima Kenjin Doshi Kai; Brian Moto of Maui Fukushima Kenjin Kai and Wallace Y. Watanabe of Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai.

Community Focus – “Hawaii for Hiroshima” Drive Launched to Aid Hiroshima Flooding Victims

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai has launched a public fundraising campaign to support victims of the recent torrential rains that devastated Hiroshima Prefecture. In early July, heavy rains in Hiroshima and other western prefectures of Japan caused widespread flooding and landslides, claiming lives, injuring residents, and damaging homes and businesses. As of July 16, 101....
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....

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