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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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Hawai‘i Island Surprises

If you’re keeping count, this Big Island edition is the Herald’s third. It feels good to see it grow each year. Last month, advertising manager Grant Murata spent three days in Hilo. I wish that...
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Dialogue – Mahalo Maui!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary It’s hard to believe that this is The Hawai‘i Herald’s sixth Maui Issue. Time has flown by so quickly since last year’s issue. If you are a regular reader of the Herald, two stories in this issue may seem slightly familiar. But take the time to read them and you’ll see....
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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....

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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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 – Make Your Holiday Parties Really Count

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Commentary Many years ago, I met a kind-hearted man named Brett Schlemmer who worked for the Hawai‘i Foodbank. I think he worked in donor relations, although I don’t remember his title. Something he said during an orientation session on the Hawaii Foodbank impacted me profoundly. Sad as it is, Brett said,....
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Dialogue – “See Something … Say Something”

Karleen Chinen Commentary “See Something . . . Say Something.” That has been America’s mantra since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country 18 years ago. Those four words are being repeated once again due to the rash of gun violence. So, I am deeply disappointed by the silence of departing Trump administration officials —....
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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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“Join Me In Dreaming The Dreams”

By Karleen C. Chinen For several weeks before last month’s general election, I was receiving daily emails — make that several emails a day — from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Most of them emphasized...

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