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Dialogue – What a Start to 2018!

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year! Every inch of our New Year’s edition (Jan. 5) was filled with either editorial content or advertising support, so Gwen Battad Ishikawa, Grant “Sandaa” Murata and I weren’t able to wish you good wishes for the new year as we would have wanted. We....
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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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Big Island Edition – Year Two!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Strike up the band! We made it! This is the Herald’s Second ANNUAL Big Island Edition . . . and it feels great to be sending it to press. If you remember, after...

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....

“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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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...
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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...

Dialogue – Missing an “Okinawan Mother”

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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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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