Revenge of the Ninja, tea in Vermont, and an internment grant

Internment sites get some help from a National Park Service grant. Celebrating with a Japanese tea ceremony in Vermont. Barrett Rainey, a semi-retired journalist, remembers the internment years - and hopes to remind everyone that we...

Go Speed Racer . . . Go!

Go Speed Racer! All the way to the movie theaters! If you haven't already heard, the new Speed Racer movie, starring Emile Hirsch as Speed, and directed by the Wachowski Brothers of Matrix fame, hits...

Star Trek’s George Takei and his partner set the date

George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the popular television series Star Trek, has set a wedding date with Brad Altman, his partner of 20 years. The Sept. 14 wedding...
Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....

Thursday bullets

In the midst of the harsh economy, Asian American non-profits may have it the worst. The San Francisco Chronicle spotlights Hawaii's Nisei veterans. Chronicling Japan's love affair with chysanthemums. Better yet than never: Hollywood's newfound respect for...

German-Japanese film drawing rave reviews

Here's an interesting story coming out of Berlin. "Cherry Blossoms," a German-produced Japanese filmed is competing for one of the top film festival prizes in Europe. The touching drama focuses on a widower who begins...

Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress ready for stardom

Barbara Mori is ready to enter the Hollywood mainstream. The 30-year-old Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress' new film "Ugly Me" is set to open in Los Angeles and Orange County theaters this Friday. Mori, whose father is Japanese-Uruguayan,...

Beetles and baseball and more

Japanese American veterans take a moment to remember those who served America. There's a rumor out that Ken Watanabe - who starred in The Last Samurai - will be directing a movie on the 442nd...
Photo of Lion Dance at the Okinawan Festival

2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
Cover of November 2, 2018 Hawaii Herald Issue, '38th Hawaii International Film Festival'

Lead Story – HIFF 38 Is Coming to Town!

November is the month film lovers in Hawai‘i look forward to with great anticipation. That’s because the curtain will rise once again on the Hawaii International Film Festival. It’s an opportunity to take in films that bridge East and West and the rest of the world through cinematic storytelling. HIFF 38 — the Hawaii International....

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