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Never Again!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary In recent weeks, something World War II veteran and retired labor arbitrator Ted Tsukiyama told me — and other Sansei, I’m sure — has been on my mind. I’ve known Ted for...
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Dialogue – What a Start to 2018!

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen Shinnen akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year! Every inch of our New Year’s edition (Jan. 5) was filled with either editorial content or advertising support, so Gwen Battad Ishikawa, Grant “Sandaa” Murata and I weren’t able to wish you good wishes for the new year as we would have wanted. We....
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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 – Celebrating “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha”

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen This annual Okinawan Festival edition is one of our favorites to produce each year. It’s a lot of work, but always fulfilling, because the Okinawan Festival is one of the finest examples of a community’s efforts to keep their cultural heritage alive and thriving and sharing it with everyone. We thank....
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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 – 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....

Dialogue – Missing an “Okinawan Mother”

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“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...
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Dialogue – For You Jane

For You, Jane ... DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen There is a scene in the Okinawan movie, “Nada Sou Sou.” It’s near the end . . . after the hardworking Yoota dies suddenly after collapsing while checking on his hänai (adopted) sister Kaoru during a typhoon. He is burning up with fever, so Kaoru calls for....
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Mahalo Maui!

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The recent passing of my uncle — my dad’s last surviving brother — at age 90 in Los Angeles brought his family and Dad’s youngest sister, Cindy, also a SoCal resident, home...

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