JANM staff, sheltering in place in their own homes, perform “All By Myself” in a finale for the gala. (Photos courtesy of JANM).

Community – JANHM Holds an Unprecendented Virtual Gala

Gwen Muranaka Courtesy: Rafu Shimpo The Japanese American National Museum took a “leap” into the virtual world on April 18, live-streaming its annual gala to homes in lieu of the black-tie event that was to be held that night. In a mix of pretaped and live segments, the show went on, with speeches, music and....
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Community Focus – GFBNEC, Essay and Poetry Contest

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Go For Broke National Education Center presents its 2020 High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest. In addition to cash prizes, four winners (grand prize entry from each category: essay and poetry high school division and essay and poetry college division)....
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Academics & Humanity – Asian Studies in a Time of Pandemic

Dr. Christine R. Yano Published with Permission Editor’s note: This president’s message by Dr. Yano was recently published on the Association for Asian Studies' #AsianNow blog page on April 4, 2020. You may read the post in its entirety at https://www.asianstudies.org/asian-studies-in-a-time-of-pandemic/. Greetings from lush Mänoa Valley in sunny Honolulu! It is a strange time to....
Students greet their sensei at beginning of class. From left: Ai vanDeventer, Aya Okimoto, Yuu vanDeventer, Jamelyn Tomori, Cora Saito, and Kenjiro Otake.

Lead Story – Chado, the Next Generation

Young Students Learn to Be Mindful In A Fast-Moving World Jodie Chiemi Ching The tradition of Chadö, or the Way of Tea, is a practice of cultivating harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. These are universal principles that can help ease some of the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last fall, I visited a children’s....
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Community Focus – Hawaii State Library Streaming “Proof of Loyalty” for Free

The Hawai‘i State Public Library recently began offering the streaming service Kanopy at https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ and will continue to offer it for free through April 30. The offerings include 10 films by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers of Stourwater Pictures, producers of the hour-long documentary, “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawai‘i,”....
Hiroaki Hara (left), originally from Okinawa and now studying at the University of Hawai‘i, shared his perspective with Emily and Kehaulani. They are students of Kathy Shigemura (right) who teaches media at Kalaheo High School. (Photos by Dan Nakasone)

Lead Story – History Can Give Us Hope

Kalaheo High School Students Make a Documentary About the Post-Battle of Okinawa Relief Effort Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “History can teach us to have hope,” said Kalaheo High School senior, Kehaulani Bringas. “Given the way things are today, this story gives me hope,” agreed Emily Casey, also a senior at Kalaheo. They....
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Community Focus – Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Group Offers Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to two graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the....
Approximately 65 people attended a panel discussion entitled “The Next Generation of Leadership: Embracing Change While Preserving Traditions” hosted by JASH. (Photo courtesy JASH)

Generation to Generation – “Embracing Change while Preserving Traditions”

JASH’s NexGen Series Presents a Multi-Generational Discussion Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary This past January, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii hosted a multi-generational discussion entitled “The Next Generation of Leadership: Embracing Change While Preserving Traditions.” The event was sponsored by the Island Insurance Foundation and took place at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox — a collaborative space developed....
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East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Call for Scholarship Applicants

WHO/WHAT: The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai is currently accepting applicants for up to two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to begin their post high school education this fall. Applicants must be...
Ala Wai Elementary preschoolers throwing their Genki Balls into the Ala Wai Canal.

Lead Story – Yucky Ala Wai .. To Genki Ala Wai?

How Hawai‘i Keiki Hope to Transform the Polluted Ala Wai Into Their Future Playground Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s a Monday afternoon at Ala Wai Elementary School and Lori Kwee’s fourth grade class is excited. While most 9-year-olds would be in class at this hour, Kwee’s “Golden Leaders” are on an....

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