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,...

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...

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...

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...

Featured Story – A JAPANESE TOY STORY

Stacy Lee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Overall, our sources of entertainment have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Food being a great source of comfort coupled with binge-watching movies and TV shows on Netflix, Disney+,...
Animegao kigurumi — a type of cosplay that involves a person wearing a mask and costume to represent various anime characters.

Japanese History – A LOOK BEHIND THE MASKS OF JAPAN

Stacy Lee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald N95s, KN95s, KF94s, 3-ply-surgical, cotton masks; bandanas and face shields. Been there, done that. Still doing it.  We have been inundated with masks during the past year and a half. For Americans,...

Travel – HAMAMATSU: THE HEART OF SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE

Lois Kajiwara Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, it’s probably safe to say travelling right now is not the best idea. However, Japan is a favorite destination for many of...

Cultural Identity – “WE ARE ALL CONNECTED UNDER THE SAME MOON”

Sansei Scholar Wesley Ueunten on What it Means to be Okinawan Ida Yoshinaga Researching Uchinanchu Within the Global Community Wesley Ueunten (上運天巌), an accomplished professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University, spent his pandemic...
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Summer reading – EDITOR’S PICKS

Jodie Chiemi Ching This summer, why not treat yourself to reading a variety of Asian American literary and nonfiction books? Even though Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month ended in May, you can hold...

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