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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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Dialogue – The Next Four Years: Empathy and Vigilance

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen

Maui On Our Minds

With this “Maui Issue” of the Herald, we can now say with the pride of accomplishment that our neighbor island issues are back on track. In a few months, we will begin planning for...

“Okage Sama De…” – Timeless and Priceless

By Karleen C. Chinen Commentary At this time of the year, I am filled with feelings of thanksgiving, but it’s not because of the holidays. As I type “Issue 24” on our issue work plan, a...
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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....
Photo of Gerald R. Ford back in 1976 as he signs “An American Promise,” officially repealing Executive Order 9066.

Dialogue – Is “An American Promise” Being Broken?

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary If nothing else, Donald Trump’s presidency is prompting many of us to pay closer attention to the business of governing in America. So many of the procedures that I never gave a second thought to now have me visiting google.com numerous times a day and asking, “Can he do that?” And,....

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 – Let’s Raise the Bar in 2020

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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Thoughts On The Start Of A New Year

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year to all of you! If you were wondering what happened to your first Hawai‘i Herald issue of 2016, I apologize. Yes, it’s late. What a way...
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Dialogue – Share Your Furusato . . . and Remembering EO 9066

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen Are you familiar with this century-old Japanese children’s song, “Furusato?” I’d heard the melody before, but I didn’t know the lyrics or what they meant until I attended a Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai event late last year at which there was group singing of this song. Fortunately for me, the....

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