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Dialogue – Gannenmono Afterthoughts

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen What a week it was! Otsukaresama to the Gannenmono Committee volunteers, Kizuna Hawaii, and to Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his team. Thank you for all your hard work! As we worked on this edition, I found myself wondering what, in their afterlife, the Gannenmono might be thinking about....
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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 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 Gannenmono Continue to Inspire

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Happy New Year! There’s only room for 220 words in this issue’s Dialogue. So, here goes. Due to the size of the venue, only a limited number of people were able to attend the June 7, 2018, Gannenmono Symposium at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel to listen to the various presentations. The....
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The Only Constant Is Change

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Welcome to 2016! It’s hard to believe that nearly half of January is already gone. Even harder to believe is that we just sent our New Year’s edition to press last week...
Princess Kiko greeting Gannenmono descendants at the Bishop Museum in June 2018. (Hawaii Hochi photo)

Dialogue – The Genesis of This Issue

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Commentary The seed for a story on Emperor Akihito’s abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne was planted in my head a few years ago by contributing writer Kevin Kawamoto following the emperor’s address to the people of Japan regarding the status of his health. As the prospect of his abdication became more....
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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...

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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Time For Change No. 2

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Phew! We survived the first test of change — delivery two weeks ago of our Feb. 5, 2016, edition of the Herald using the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s distribution system. There were a few...
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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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