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....

Get Ready For The General… And for HIFF 34

By: Karleen C. Chinen | Commentary | The all-important general election is just 20 days away as we send this issue of the Herald to press. It is a very important election.
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Dialogue – Okagesame De … Thank You

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Okagesama de . . . For the last month or so, I’ve been searching for the right word to convey what I feel as I sign off and retire as editor of The Hawai‘i Herald. Lucky? Blessed? Fortunate? Yes, all of those, but not quite what I feel. But, Okagesama de....

“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...
Photos of: Bishop Ryokan Ara (left), Ed Ichiyama (top center), Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani (top right), and Jane Komeji (bottom center)

Dialogue – Remembering an Extraordinary Team

Karleen Chinen Commentary We are reminded almost daily of how quickly we are losing our World War II veterans — the people that broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” In Hawai‘i, we see their names in the “Honor Roll” and “In Memoriam” columns in the newsletters of the various veterans groups. No one....
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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....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Kauai!

Karleen Chinen Commentary No Hawai‘i Herald editor in her, or his, right mind wants to do a special edition, like this Kaua‘i Issue, as the last issue of the year . . . especially with the traditionally big New Year’s edition due in less than two weeks. That’s plain suicide! But that is exactly what....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Hawaii Island!

After a few starts and stops — mainly due to staff vacations — this year’s seventh annual Hawai‘i Island edition is finally in your hands, albeit a day late because of the 4th of July holiday. The Big Island edition is always fun to put together. While most of us live in the state of....
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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....
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Dialogue – Gems from Shunichi Kimura

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen There are many days when I feel more like a traffic cop (scheduling and juggling feature stories) than a journalist. With an editorial “staff” of two — and that’s including myself — it’s hard not to feel like that. Between planning, scheduling, copy editing and other “stuff,” there’s just no time....

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