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Dialogue – The Next Four Years: Empathy and Vigilance

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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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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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 – 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, Hawaii Island!

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen Each year, one of our goals in publishing this Hawai‘i Island edition has been to bring you stories from all over the BIG Island. Hawai‘i Island really is a big island and the Herald has been so, so fortunate to have a team of writers who have been willing to....
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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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Dialogue – Surviving a Year of Angst

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen What a year it has been! If you are anything like me, you remember exactly where you were when you learned that Donald Trump was on his way to becoming America’s next president. On Nov. 8, 2016, I was in one of the Dole Cannery theaters, watching the film, “My Korean....
Consul General Misawa embraced his time in Hawai‘i by learning about the history of the Japanese in Hawai‘i, and taking sanshin and ‘ukulele lessons.

Dialogue – A Fond Aloha to the Misawas

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen In a few weeks, Hawai‘i will bid aloha to Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and his wife Yoko as they end their two and one-half-year posting in the Islands. From warm and sunny Hawai‘i, Misawa-san will head to Berlin to assume the title of deputy chief of mission with....
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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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Dialogue – A Kahauiki Address and Vietnam

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen If you happen to be driving into town along Nimitz Highway from the airport/Mäpunapuna area, you might find yourself doing a double take as you pass the area just before Ke‘ehi Lagoon. “Whoa . . . what happened to all the dried brush? What’s coming up here?” you might ask....

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