A proud Azuma Kikusue-Sensei (in the purple kimono) with her students following a dance performance. From left: Jan Hashizume, Melissa Morinishi, Erin Takekuma, Madison Doo, Hannah Kostka, Azuma Kikusue-Sensei, Skye Schumacher, Wayne Doliente, Mary Margaret Smith, Tracy Bauman and Mabel Antonio.

Culture – Keeping Japanese Dance Alive on Kauai!

A Rewarding Experience for Both Students and Teacher Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Wayne Doliente is proud to be 100 percent Filipino, but when he dons a sandogasa (yakuza hat) and döchü kappa (traveling cape), he dances with heart of a pure Japanese. Wayne has been studying Nihon buyö — classical Japanese dance....
Drawing by Chloe Machida for Year of the Boar Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome to the “Year of the Boar” (part I)

The artwork on the next three pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of Japanese. It is a statewide competition for students learning Japanese language and is open to elementary, middle, high school and college students whose teachers are HATJ....
Photo of Jonathan Y. Okamura, Ph.D.

As I See It – Can Hawai‘i Really Teach America About Race?

Jonathan Y. Okamura, Ph.D. Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Last Nov. 18, I participated in a public forum with five other speakers on the topic, “What Can Hawai‘i Teach America about Race,” at The Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown. It was part of the online newspaper Civil Beat’s ongoing “Hawai‘i Storytellers” series and....
Drawing by Katelyn Higashiya for Year of the Boar Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome the “Year of the Boar” (part III)

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Okinawan Festival Favorites

ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: It’s called ashitibichi in Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language). Pieces of pig’s feet are cooked in a soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (turnip), togan (squash) and mustard cabbage and...
Smaller fashion statement items are stored in this showcase: bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and little zipper pouches.

Culture and Arts – Heritage and Aloha at Kimura Lauhala Shop

The Kona Shop Has Been Keeping a Hawaiian Tradition Alive for 105 Years Jodie Chiemi Ching “Put your hands into the soil, it’s good for your soul; you get back to where life begins,” said Renee Kimura, the fourth-generation owner and manager of Kimura Lauhala Shop in Kona. Here, the natural scent of the lauhala,....
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Learn to Play “Hanafuda: Na Pua Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Learn how to play “Hanafuda: Nä Pua Hawai’i,” a card game that depicts plants and animals either endemic to Hawai’i or were introduced via canoes in early Polynesian migrations. As participants play with...
Team photo of Taishoji Taiko

Big Island Taiko Festival 2019

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Big Island Taiko Festival 2019. The festival will feature Taishoji Taiko, Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, Kona Daifukuji Taiko Club and Ryukyukoku Matsuri...
After arriving in Honolulu on June 4 for the Gannenmono 150th anniversary commemoration, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko paid their respects at the Gannenmono memorial at Makiki Cemetery. (Photo by Richard Borreca)

Gannenmono Literature – O.A. Bushnell Novels Captured Gannenmono Story

The 1970s Novels Brought Gannenmono History to Life Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was nearly 60 years ago that the late Hawai‘i writer, historian and scientist, O.A. “Ozzie” Bushnell was challenged by his wife, Elizabeth. As Bushnell’s son Andrew recalled in an interview, a bad play and the ensuing dare launched Bushnell’s literary....
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Shufu Society Holds Spring Cultural Event

Members of the Shufu Society of Hawaii and invited guests had an opportunity to view traditional Japanese arts and crafts ranging from lacquerware to artwork to kimono at its spring cultural event in April...

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