Photos of: Bishop Ryokan Ara (left), Ed Ichiyama (top center), Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani (top right), and Jane Komeji (bottom center)

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 – “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 —....
Gosei Kacie Yamamoto with her sansei grandmother, Doreen Yamamoto. (Photo courtesy Kacie Yamamoto)

Dialogue – What Kacie Taught Me

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Happy New Year! I hope your 2020 is off to a good start. When I looked ahead to 2020 early last year, the only major event that registered was this summer’s Tökyö Olympics. That didn’t last very long, however, as I soon realized that 2020 also marks the start of a....
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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 – Mahalo Hawaii Island!

After a few starts and stops — mainly due to staff vacations — this year’s seventh annual Hawai‘i Island edition is finally in your hands, albeit a day late because of the 4th of July holiday. The Big Island edition is always fun to put together. While most of us live in the state of....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Kauai!

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Putting this issue together was quite a challenge because it combined Garden Island stories and general election ads. On Nov. 6, Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau voters will elect a new mayor to succeed outgoing Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., who has reached his term limit. Kaua‘i is at a crossroads: Its residents are....
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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 – 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....
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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 – 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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