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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 – 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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Dialogue – The Next Four Years: Empathy and Vigilance

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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Dialogue – Is “An American Promise” Being Broken?

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary If nothing else, Donald Trump’s presidency is prompting many of us to pay closer attention to the business of governing in America. So many of the procedures that I never gave a second thought to now have me visiting google.com numerous times a day and asking, “Can he do that?” And,....
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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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Frances, The Transformer

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary “Hey, Boss Lady . . .” That’s how Frances Kakugawa starts off her emails to me. She knows my name, but she insists on calling me “Boss Lady,” like I’m her luna...
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Dialogue – Mahalo Big Island!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The years fly by faster than we realize. Case in point: this year’s Big Island Issue. This edition marks the fifth since we committed to highlighting Hawai‘i island’s special people, businesses, organizations and projects. Unlike the good ’ol days when we actually had a staff that could go out and chase....
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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....
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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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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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