It’s Cupid’s Day Once Again

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

Tea and sushi

Hawaii native Ryan Higa, also known as nigahiga, sets a new Youtube milestone with 3 million subscribers. One interpreter explains the difficulties of speaking sushi. The Japanese American National Museum puts a generational spin on tea. If...

Quick bites

Hawaii expat Jonas Otsuji is turning heads with his sushi in Utah. Curious? Hungry? Check him out here. . . . and from one sushi chef in Utah to another in Seattle. Remembering the legacy of...

Be “Rice”, My Friend, In 2016

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

Mr. Big, Afro Samurai and sheep

A list of nearly 6,000 Japanese military personnel who passed away in U.S. custody during WWII has been discovered. What's an Afro Samurai? The answer: an animated adventure that represents both U.S. and Japanese pop...
Chef Kelly Degala. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – An Ambitious New Direction for Kosasas’ ABC Stores

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Dukes Lane Market & Eatery Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel 2255 Kühiö Ave. (808) 923-5678 What started in the 1940s as a neighborhood pharmacy and then reinvented itself in 1964 to become the ultimate convenience store with 30 locations in Waikïkï alone(!) — is growing once again. If you thought....
Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts will perform at 9:50 am on Sunday (Photo courtesy HOCA)

2017 Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, AND LOTS MORE!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 2017  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Toma Toyoko Sokyoku Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Chieko Miyasato Sokyoku Kai 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU KOTEN....
Photo of a bottle of Aloha Tofu's “OHANA Soy Sauce.”

Innovations – Aloha Tofu

Tofu Making 2.0 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Question: How do you transform a 67-year-old mama-san and papa-san business like tofu making into an exciting and relevant 21st century enterprise? Answer: By being innovative and persistent and by throwing heart and soul behind your craft. That is precisely what Aloha Tofu owners....
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Ryan’s Table – “We’re Here to Seek Shelter ..”

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto The 1920 to 1933 nationwide ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages — the period commonly known as Prohibition — was intended to reduce family violence, political corruption and alcoholism. It also, however, reduced tax revenues and spurred gang violence, as organized crime took over the....

Activism and Food

Japanese Americans rally against hearings on "Islamic radicalization." A U.S. official allegedly makes a slur against Okinawans. Internment is on the mind of poet Tess Gallagher. If you have been to Japan, you have probably seen the...

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