Maui On Our Minds

With this “Maui Issue” of the Herald, we can now say with the pride of accomplishment that our neighbor island issues are back on track. In a few months, we will begin planning for...

Dialogue – Deishi No Tame Ni

DIALOGUE By Karleen Chinen Commentary Most of us are familiar with the Japanese phrase, “Kodomo no tame ni,” meaning “for the sake of our/the children.” It usually refers to generational sacrifice: The Issei endured backbreaking labor in Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations and pineapple fields so they could give their American-born Nisei children a better life. The....
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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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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!

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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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....
Photo of Gerald R. Ford back in 1976 as he signs “An American Promise,” officially repealing Executive Order 9066.

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,....

Dialogue – Missing an “Okinawan Mother”

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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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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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