year of the Ox

Nengajo – WELCOME THE “YEAR OF THE OX”

Happy New Year! The artwork in this two-page spread come from The Hawai’i Herald’s past New Year’s special editions. Every year, the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese sponsors a nengajö, or New Year’s card,...
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Community Focus – Go Back to School in the COVID-19 Economy

Older teens or young adults sitting around your house, twiddling their thumbs or video-gaming non-stop, under the stay-at-home order? Or have you long hoped to pursue higher education but had to put it off because of work? Now is the time to prepare for the future, to follow that educational dream. Except for the University....
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Community Focus – Free Ukulele Practice Videos for the (Quarantined) Family

From April 5, Roy Sakuma Studios has offered lighthearted, weekly “Ukulele Practice Videos” on its website and YouTube channel at no cost to the public. Families who want to teach their children (or themselves!) this instrument, as well as distance-learning teachers, can regularly provide music lessons, whenever Roy Sakuma releases two to five new “uke”....
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Community Focus – Takitanis Give $218,000 to College-Bound, High-School Students

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, named after the issei businessman from Yamaguchi and his wife – who met and wed on Maui then together co-founded Hawaiian Host chocolates in Kaimukī – donated funds to 59 college-bound students across Hawai‘i, for a total of $218,000 in scholarships. The latest wave of Takitani Foundation moneys, allocated....
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CULTURE 4KIDS! BY CAROLYN KUBOTA MORINISHI AND MARIAN KURASAKI KUBOTA To see this special “stay at home” projects on behalf of Culture 4Kids, subscribe today to the Hawaii Herald!
Fourth graders from Ala Wai Elementary School show off their “Aloha Journals” with their teacher, Lori Kwee (back center), Principal Michelle DeBusca (back left) and Danny Kim (far right). (Photos courtesy of Danny Kim)

Mindfulness – Aloha Everyday

Danny Kim’s Aloha Journal: A Daily Practice in Gratitude Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s the beginning of April, two weeks since the start of stay-at-home initiatives for Hawai‘i and most of the world, yet Danny Kim — founder and creator of the “Aloha Journal” — has been keeping busy. Other than writing....
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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