Dr. Amy Starecheski, director of Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program, leads a half-day workshop as part of UH Mänoa’s Center for Oral History relaunch event. (Photos courtesy UH Center for Oral History)

History – Connecting Past, Present, and Future

Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Oral History on the Mänoa campus is open for business once again, and longtime Ethnic Studies Professor Davianna Pömaika‘ºi McGregor has stepped up to serve as the center’s new director. McGregor was among the early supporters of the Ethnic Studies Oral....
Jodie Ching practices with Chikako Shimamura-Sensei. (Photo by June Uyeunten)

Lead Story – My Yushu-Sho Journey

Mission Accomplished, Thanks to My Big Village Jodie Chiemi Ching It was about a year ago that I decided to take on the challenge of earning my Yüshü-shö certification in classical Okinawan uta-sanshin, the art of singing and playing the three-stringed sanshin instrument simultaneously. Yüshü-shö is the second of three major certifications — Shinjin-shö being....

Lead Story – Okinawan Festival, Still Thinking Big

Hawai‘i’s Largest Ethnic Festival is Moving to the Hawai‘i Convention Center Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The birth of the state’s largest ethnic festival — the Okinawan Festival — on Labor Day weekend can be traced to 1980 and a concerted effort by a group of Sansei Uchinanchu leaders to perpetuate and share....
Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko plant a rainbow shower tree at Thomas Square following a luncheon at the Honolulu Museum of Art hosted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his wife Donna Tanoue. The tree planting commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono's arrival in Hawaii in 1868.

Gannenmono – A Chance to “Reflect Upon the Relationships Between Japan and Hawaii”

Japan’s Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Reflect on Their Hawai‘i Gannenmono Visit Editor’s note: The following essay, written by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, was emailed to The Hawai‘i Herald and other news organizations by deputy consul general Takayuki Shinozawa of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. After returning to Japan, the couple....
The Gannenmono descendants during the “Talk Story” session. They were (from left): Carol Kondo, yonsei descendant of Bunkichi Murata; Ruth Izawa, sansei descendant of Yonekichi Sakuma; Haunani Jo-quin, fifth-generation descendant of Sentarö Ishii; Keone Cook, yonsei descendant, and Cathy West Dale, fifth-generation descendant of Matsugorö Kuwata (nicknamed “‘Umi‘umi-matsu” — ‘umi‘umi is Hawaiian language for beard, whiskers); and Gwen Sanchez, yonsei descendant, and Lily Kahele-lani Lyons, fifth-generation descendant of Tokujiro Sato.

Lead Story – Gannenmono Perspectives

The Gannenmono’s Legacy is Considered 150 Years After Their Arrival Jodie Chiemi Ching Insight into the history of one of Hawai‘i’s most visible ethnic groups — the Japanese — took a giant step forward last week with the events commemorating 150 years since the first group of immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i from Japan. The approximately....
Ipo Kanaka‘ole recalled visiting the Family History Library at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and finding her great-grandfather in a book that fell from a shelf. “The book wen’ open. There was my great-grandfather Sentaro Ishii,” she said.

Maui Gannenmono – A Maui Descendant Celebrates Her Gannenmono Roots

Maui Became Home for Several Gannenmono Melissa Tanji Special to the Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: The following story is a re-edited version of Maui News reporter Melissa Tanji’s story on Maui’s Gannenmono commemoration, which was published in the newspaper’s April 29, 2018, edition. Special mahalo to Melissa and Maui News managing editor Lee Imada for....
Nearly 60 descendants — third, fourth, fifth and even sixth generations — of Gannenmono Tokujiro Sasaki Sato gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to celebrate their Gannenmono roots. (Photo by Carole Hayashino)

Gannenmono Descendants – Danny Kamekona Traces Roots To Gannenmono

Arnold T. Hiura Reprinted from Nov. 1, 1985, Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: Had he not died unexpectedly in 1996 at the still-young age of 60, you can be sure that actor Danny Kamekona would have joined his huge ‘ohana at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to commemorate the arrival 150 years....
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....
Promo for David Gaines' original rendition of director, Akira Kurosawa's epic 'Seven Samurai'

HTY Presents One Performance of “7 (x1) Samurai”

WHO/WHAT: David Gaines’ original one-person rendition of director Akira Kurosawa’s epic “Seven Samurai.” “7 (x1) Samurai” — pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai” — is a mixture of mime, storytelling and clowning in this recreation of...

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