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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...
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Dialogue – Planting Strong Roots

Karleen Chinen Commentary Out of space. Out of time. Out of energy. And, oh yes, the office A/C was off, which made us feel like we were working in a sauna as we worked on our annual Okinawan Festival edition three weeks ago. Space really was the real issue. There was no more space in....

Dialogue – Missing an “Okinawan Mother”

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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....

“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 – “The Legacy Letter”

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen I don’t know whether you caught this in our July 20 issue. In case you didn’t, allow me to call it to your attention. Last month, while copy-editing attorney Ethan Okura’s Estate Planning Insights column, which he titled “An Ethical Will,” I came across this paragraph: “Historically, an ethical will....

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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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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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 – Keep Paying It Forward

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen I was planning to write about the passings late last year of two people whose lives had touched so many, but I decided to save that for another Dialogue for a subject more pressing. Yesterday, I asked Keiri Kanbayashi — whose journey through the John Muir Trail contributing writer Alan Suemori....

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