Graduation time for Japanese Americans – 66 years later

It's graduation time at the University of Washington and for several former students, this Sunday will be a very momentous occasion. A few months ago we told you that 440 AJAs who were removed from...
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Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association Offering 2018-19 Scholarships

The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Association is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the 2018-19 academic year. The applicant must be a senior at any Hawai‘i Island public or private high school.

Taratino, Matsui, and some robots

A sneak peak of director Quentin Taratino performing martial arts in a commercial for the Japan-based company Softbank. Robert Fitts, an author of several books on Japanese baseball, discusses New York Yankee slugger Hideki Matsui. University...

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...
Pähoa High School’s graduating Class of 2017. (Photo courtesy Pähoa High School)

Class of 2017 – Every Day Lessons from Pahoa School

Class of ’53 Alum Returns to Address 2017 Grads Frances H. Kakugawa Published with Permission Editor’s note: Pähoa School alum and Hawai‘i Herald columnist Frances Kakugawa was invited to deliver the commencement address for her alma mater’s Class of 2017 graduating class. The school graduated about 75 students in ceremonies held May 21 at the....

Books, balloons, and newspapers

The fight to save Japanese American newspapers rages on. Got a hankering for some books? Try these Japanese American works. "Lost Battalion" and 442nd soldiers meet once again. A hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivor, speaks out at...
PBA’s taiko performance group, Hyaku Sen Ki Kai, meaning “one hundred rivers, flowing to the sea,” perform for the audience. The students performers are (from left): Sheera Tamura, Matthew Kodama, Lia Sutton, Royce Hirai, Kaci Yamato, Makana Hoapili, Kurt Villa and Dillon Tsubota (obscured behind Kurt).

Education – New Era Begins For Pacific Buddhist Academy

Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Expressions of love and gratitude flowed through the halls of Pacific Buddhist Academy’s new $9 million campus addition on Sept. 8 as the school community and supporters from Hawai‘i and abroad came together to dedicate the new building. Candles, flowers, incense and melodic chants were offered before....

Kodomo no hi

Happy Children's Day everyone! Or, if you still call it Boy's Day, the same to you. Whatever name you call it, and whether you choose to fly carp or not, May 5th is a...

Things you should never say to Asian Americans

As we all know, there are many Asian American stereotypes that still exist in this modern age. It's an unfortunate legacy that dates back decades in America and, despite the fact that Asian Americans have...
Pacific Buddhist Academy students Kano Hashimoto (right) and Yuma Sky Tochika practice chadö under the watchful eye of Marion Yasui-Sensei (in kimono). (Photos by Alan Kubota/Courtesy PBA)

Education – Teaching Peace and Mindfulness Through Tea

Chadö Will Soon be Included in Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Required Curriculum Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Today’s millennials can often be found with their heads buried in their laptop computers or mesmerized with their thumb-happy smartphone devices. So words such as “silence” or “mindfulness” in a classroom setting are often totally foreign....

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