Meet Japan’s newest foreign ambassador: Hello Kitty

It's no secret that Japan's famous Hello Kitty is popular. Well, the world renowned Sanrio product just jumped another notch on the popularity scale. The New York Times' Mike Nizza reports here that Japan's...
Junior (Ku‘umakaonaona Bailon) and Bobo (Brandon Hagio) having fun playing marbles. (Courtesy Kumu Kahua Theatre)

“Da Beer Can Hat” – One More Show Added

WHO/WHAT: Another show is being added for “Da Beer Can Hat” after it sold out shows last weekend. Based on Darrell Lum’s original short story of Bobo, a mentally handicapped boy. Bobo’s abusive father...

Tenkara and Taikoproject

Not familiar with the Japanese fishing practice known as tenkara? Daniel Galhardo is trying to spread the word in America. Talking Taikoproject in Fort Wayne. NPR looks at some of the World War II veterans who...

Mixed plate

Bessie Noll, a 15-year-old sophomore in Tokyo's American School in Japan, is turning heads as a member of the varsity baseball team. Attention North Platte, Neb. natives: Get ready for the story of Ben Kuroki,...

Gene Simmons: Manga Superstar

" I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day." Who hasn't sung, or at least heard, those famous Kiss lyrics before? Very few people, I imagine. Gene Simmons, bass player for that band...

Okinawan Festival Favorites

ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: It’s called ashitibichi in Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language). Pieces of pig’s feet are cooked in a soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (turnip), togan (squash) and mustard cabbage and...

The sights and sports of springtime

The exhibition Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids, featuring over 70 photographs by UCSB professor Kip Fulbeck, is on display at the Japanese American National Museum through Sept. 26. Fulbeck's book by the same name,...
Team photo of Taishoji Taiko

Big Island Taiko Festival 2019

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Big Island Taiko Festival 2019. The festival will feature Taishoji Taiko, Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, Kona Daifukuji Taiko Club and Ryukyukoku Matsuri...
In this scene from “A Walking Shadow,” Myles Fukunaga, played by Alaka‘i Cunningham, is comforted by his family, played by Juvy Lucina and Daphnei Hussein. (WCC photo by Orrin Nakanelua)

Theatre – Myles Fukunaga Case Dramatized at Paliku Theatre

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Ninety years after the execution hanging of Myles Fukunaga, a young Japanese American man who killed the son of a Hawaiian Trust Company executive, the story continues to resonate among Hawai‘i residents who have learned about the case and questioned the judicial system’s rush to judgment of an....
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....

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