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Frances, The Transformer

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary “Hey, Boss Lady . . .” That’s how Frances Kakugawa starts off her emails to me. She knows my name, but she insists on calling me “Boss Lady,” like I’m her luna...
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Dialogue – Mahalo Maui!

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen This page — the one you are reading right now — is usually the last page of the issue that I work on every other week, probably hoping that it will magically fill itself up. Hah, dream on! With this issue, I’m especially glad that it is the last page my....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Big Island!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The years fly by faster than we realize. Case in point: this year’s Big Island Issue. This edition marks the fifth since we committed to highlighting Hawai‘i island’s special people, businesses, organizations and projects. Unlike the good ’ol days when we actually had a staff that could go out and chase....

Get Ready For The General… And for HIFF 34

By: Karleen C. Chinen | Commentary | The all-important general election is just 20 days away as we send this issue of the Herald to press. It is a very important election.

Discovering My MIS Story

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The passing of my uncle — the husband of my mom’s half-sister — prompted Auntie Yoshi’s only surviving sister in Okinawa to travel to Hawai‘i for his funeral, accompanied by two of...
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Home Delivery: Ready, Set, Go!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Next month will mark two years since The Hawai‘i Herald began printing on the spiffy new TKS JETLEADER 1500. After 33 years of printing the Herald on the noisy, but reliable Goss press,...
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Dialogue – Let’s Raise the Bar in 2020

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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“Join Me In Dreaming The Dreams”

By Karleen C. Chinen For several weeks before last month’s general election, I was receiving daily emails — make that several emails a day — from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Most of them emphasized...
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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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Dialogue – Mahalo Kauai!

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Putting together a focused issue like this fourth annual Kaua‘i edition usually leaves me with a valuable takeaway. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time with the stories. In that process, they “speak to me” and leave me realizing something I hadn’t prior to getting to know them on my....

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