Cover Story – WE’RE BACK!

Obon Season Begins (In-Person) at Hawaii’s Plantation Village Kevin Y. Kawamoto Take out your yukata, happi coats and hand-held Japanese paper fans, the Obon season is about to begin! And the place to kick off this summer-long series...

Hawaii Music Culture – LORRAINE KANESHIRO’S LEGACY LIVES ON

Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As long as there is a love for Japanese enka in Hawai‘i, Lorraine (Asato) Kaneshiro’s spirit will live on in our hearts forever. And on Saturday, June 4,...

In Our Community – JODO MISSION KOINOBORI CELEBRATION

Photos by Wayne Shinbara On Sunday, May 1, members of Jodo Mission of Hawaii joined together to participate in a new event called “Koinobori Celebration.” Members and friends of the temple gathered to display hundreds...

In Our Community – EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA

Photos by Wayne Shinbar On Sunday, April 17, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako held an Easter EGG-Stravaganza at The Barn. Photos with the Easter Bunny was the highlight of the event along with keiki crafts and...

Music Culture – NOEL OKIMOTO’S RHYTHMIC ROOTS

Nick Kurosawa Zentoku Foundation (zentokufoundation.org) Republished with permission The genre of jazz is usually associated with places like New Orleans or New York where musicians are steeped in the roots of the genre, but the authenticity of jazz...

In Our Community – HAWAII HOCHI, LTD. SHINTŌ BLESSING

Photos by Wayne Shinbara On Tuesday, April 5, Bishop Daiya Amano and Rev. Jun Miyasaka of the Izumo Taisha Mission of Hawaii conducted a Shintōblessing of the new Hawaii Hochi facility at 2736 Waiwai Loop....

Hanamatsuri – WHAT THE BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY MEANS TODAY

Rev. Reyn Yorio Tsuru Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Almost 2,600 years ago in the gardens of Lumbini, a historical figure was born whose influence on humankind cannot be understated. Conceptually speaking, the ideas...

Japanese Culture – HOW TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN JAPAN IN HAWAI‘I

Stacy Lee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s definitely a no-brainer. Like many Japanophiles, foodies, whiskey aficionados, manga fans, onsen lovers, cosplay enthusiasts or people who just can’t get enough of Japan, I am so there!...

Featured Story – DIGITIZING DELICIOUSNESS

Hasegawa Honors Community “Aunties” by Reviving Old Hawai‘i Cookbooks Ida Yoshinaga Republished with permission Zentoku Foundation (zentokufoundation.org) Itadakimasu! (We heartily receive this meal!) The nishime demonstration is done, as Hasegawa is poised to start “grinding.” Jennifer Hasegawa seems an...

In Our Community – Mochitsuki Events Throughout O‘ahu

Days leading up to New Year’s Eve, a familiar Japanese tradition took place in many local backyards: the art of mochitsuki, the pounding of mochi rice to make mochi. Family’s and friends gathered in...

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