Discovering My MIS Story

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary The passing of my uncle — the husband of my mom’s half-sister — prompted Auntie Yoshi’s only surviving sister in Okinawa to travel to Hawai‘i for his funeral, accompanied by two of...
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The Only Constant Is Change

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Welcome to 2016! It’s hard to believe that nearly half of January is already gone. Even harder to believe is that we just sent our New Year’s edition to press last week...
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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 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 – The Next Four Years: Empathy and Vigilance

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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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....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Maui!

DIALOGUE By Karleen C. Chinen
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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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“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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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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