2021 Virtual Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, FEAST AND MORE!

For the second year in a row, the Okinawan Festival will be brought to you from the comfort of your own home on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 2-5 p.m. Free...

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...

Music Culture – ALOHA GOT SOUL: THE FUNKY SIDE OF PARADISE

  Nick Kurosawa Commentary When the two words Hawai‘i and music come together, the images in your mind might look like a romantic cliché — the palm trees swaying, the hula dancer and her hips, the vowel-heavy...
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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...

Bon Dance Schedule – OBON EVENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Note: To include an announcement of your temple or organization’s obon-related events this summer, email thehawaiiherald@gmail.com and cc ida.hawaiiherald@gmail.com. We reserve the right to edit your information for brevity before printing or posting it....

Culture and History – HAWAI‘I NIKKEI LEGACY EXHIBIT TOUR

Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald   Building Bridges with Japan Hawai‘i is a popular travel destination for the Japanese who hopefully soon will be back to enjoy the Hawaiian islands. But once they get past...

Hanamatsuri – IS SPRING IN YOUR HEART?

Bishop Eric Matsumoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The weather is warm, the breeze blows gently, the rain falls lightly and the flowers are blooming beautifully. Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Don’t you...

Culture, Identity, and Music – “YONSEI”

Lyrics and music by Nick Kurosawa and Ohtoro Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Published with permission Editor’s note: “Yonsei” (Zenbu Records, 2018) is the title of a soul-hop album coproduced by Nikkei musicians Nick Kurosawa and Ohtoro....
Michelle Whaley (second from the left) represents her mother, the late Jane Serikaku, who was an executive director for the Hawaii United Okinawa Association and a student-exchange coordinator for the Hawaii-Okinawa Student Exchange Program. Next to Whaley is HOSEP coordinator Tom Yamamoto (third from left). Student Michelle Nitta has the mic, speaking on behalf of Hawai‘i high-school students. (Photo courtesy of Tom Yamamoto)

30 YEARS OF HAWAI‘I–OKINAWA STUDENT EXCHANGE

Tom Yamamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Thirty years ago, an innovative idea became a reality: to create an exchange program for students to learn firsthand about diverse cultures, fostering their global awareness and sense of...

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