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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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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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Learning To “Live Love”

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary One of my favorite programs on Hawaii Public Radio is the “TED Radio Hour.” TED stands for technology, entertainment and design, and was the basis for a series of conferences on “ideas...

On Hold

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Argh! The agony of a press deadline! We are sending this issue of the Herald to press on Tuesday afternoon, general election day. The polls will be closing in less than an...
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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 – Celebrating “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha”

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen This annual Okinawan Festival edition is one of our favorites to produce each year. It’s a lot of work, but always fulfilling, because the Okinawan Festival is one of the finest examples of a community’s efforts to keep their cultural heritage alive and thriving and sharing it with everyone. We thank....
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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....
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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,....
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Hawai‘i Island Leaders

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary It’s been a while since I’ve traveled, mainly because of my arthritic knees. But when I did travel a lot, the Big Island of Hawai‘i was one of my favorite places to...
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Dialogue – Aloha ‘Oe, Sen. Akaka

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Hawai‘i is mourning the passing of a man who lived aloha all his life, the type of person our society produces too few of these days. I’m writing, of course, about retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka, who passed away on April 6 at the age of 93. We may not....

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