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Dialogue – Mahalo Hawaii Island!

After a few starts and stops — mainly due to staff vacations — this year’s seventh annual Hawai‘i Island edition is finally in your hands, albeit a day late because of the 4th of July holiday. The Big Island edition is always fun to put together. While most of us live in the state of....
Princess Kiko greeting Gannenmono descendants at the Bishop Museum in June 2018. (Hawaii Hochi photo)

Dialogue – The Genesis of This Issue

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Commentary The seed for a story on Emperor Akihito’s abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne was planted in my head a few years ago by contributing writer Kevin Kawamoto following the emperor’s address to the people of Japan regarding the status of his health. As the prospect of his abdication became more....
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Dialogue – Remembering an Extraordinary Team

Karleen Chinen Commentary We are reminded almost daily of how quickly we are losing our World War II veterans — the people that broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” In Hawai‘i, we see their names in the “Honor Roll” and “In Memoriam” columns in the newsletters of the various veterans groups. No one....
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Dialogue – The Gannenmono Continue to Inspire

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Happy New Year! There’s only room for 220 words in this issue’s Dialogue. So, here goes. Due to the size of the venue, only a limited number of people were able to attend the June 7, 2018, Gannenmono Symposium at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel to listen to the various presentations. The....
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Dialogue – Make Your Holiday Parties Really Count

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Commentary Many years ago, I met a kind-hearted man named Brett Schlemmer who worked for the Hawai‘i Foodbank. I think he worked in donor relations, although I don’t remember his title. Something he said during an orientation session on the Hawaii Foodbank impacted me profoundly. Sad as it is, Brett said,....

Dialogue – Deishi No Tame Ni

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen Commentary Most of us are familiar with the Japanese phrase, “Kodomo no tame ni,” meaning “for the sake of our/the children.” It usually refers to generational sacrifice: The Issei endured backbreaking labor in Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations and pineapple fields so they could give their American-born Nisei children a better life. The....
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Dialogue – Aloha Oe, Gail Honda

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen After several weeks of updates about his wife Gail Honda’s condition, each gloomier than the one before, the Nov. 1st email from Kipp Martin did not come as a total surprise. Like Kipp, and Gail’s family and friends, I had hoped and prayed for a miracle that never came. Gail Ann....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Kauai!

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Putting this issue together was quite a challenge because it combined Garden Island stories and general election ads. On Nov. 6, Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau voters will elect a new mayor to succeed outgoing Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., who has reached his term limit. Kaua‘i is at a crossroads: Its residents are....
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Dialogue – For You Jane

For You, Jane ... DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen There is a scene in the Okinawan movie, “Nada Sou Sou.” It’s near the end . . . after the hardworking Yoota dies suddenly after collapsing while checking on his hänai (adopted) sister Kaoru during a typhoon. He is burning up with fever, so Kaoru calls for....

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