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....
Dr. Jon Matsuoka (far left) with Living Treasures of Hawai‘i Committee members (from left): JoAnn Yosemori, Cecilia Lindo, Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Cindy Alm, Jill Kuramoto and Jonathan Johnson. (Photo by Debbie Kubota)

In Our Community – Honpa Hongwanji Inducts 2020 Living Treasures

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On Feb. 10, Mayor Caldwell, Hajime Nakama — the mayor of Kin Town in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan — and about a hundred attendees met in the Honolulu City Council Chambers at Honolulu Hale for a friendship city relationship signing ceremony.

Spotlight – A New Friendship, Honolulu and Kin Town

Jodie Chiemi Ching This year marks 120 years since the first Okinawan immigrants landed on our shores. We are bound by history and bound by aloha. Today, we turn another page by signing this special friendship city relationship with Kin Town,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. On Feb. 10 Mayor Caldwell met with Hajime Nakama —....
After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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Bishop Shokai Kanai of Nichiren Mission in Nu‘uanu observes as longtime member Sandra Taga rings the temple bell a few minutes before Jan. 1, 2020. The ringing of the bell signifies the arrival of the new year.

In Our Community – Ringing in 2020, the “Year of the Rat”

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HIHO volunteers work on a group project for Kokua Kalihi Valley, moving a tree log in Kalihi Valley. (Photos courtesy HIHO)

Community – Happy 10th Anniversary , Hiho!

“Hands In Helping Out” is Helping to Build a Kinder, More Giving Community Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When December rolls around, most kids get to work on their Christmas wish list, hoping for the newest gadgets and toys. Adults, smitten by holiday sales, rush to the malls to shop till they drop.....
Lloyd Miyashiro-Sensei stands under the kanji for ki (life energy) in the Kapa‘a döjö. (Aikidö photos by Carolyn Morinishi)

Community – Lloyd Miyashiro is Living His “KiI”

Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald We drove past the old gate and continued on to a narrow dirt road that led to a small, grassy clearing. At the far end of the field stood a small termite-worn building. Although we were in the Wailua area of Kaua‘i in 2019, it felt like we....
Kailua High School students (from left) Luke Tobias, Skye Simbahon and David Valaderes wearing yukata kimono for the first time. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

In Our Community – JASH Presents “Japan Day”

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This house and car were damaged by gusty winds in Ichihara, near Tökyö, on Oct. 12, just before Typhoon Hagibis made landfall. (Kyodo News Photo)

Spotlight | S-O-S Drives to Aid Japan

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Japan was hit hard last month with two major disasters — killer Typhoon Hagibis, which hit northern Honshu, taking lives, and a devastating fire in Okinawa that burned historic Shuri Castle to the ground. The people of Hawai‘i are responding with aloha to both tragedies. On Oct. 12, Typhoon Hagibis made....
Adjutant General-designate Kenneth Hara

Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara as the state’s new adjutant general, effective Dec. 6. He will succeed Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, who will retire from the post at the end of the year. Ige thanked Gen. Logan for his leadership and service to Hawai‘i. Ige said Hara has been....

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