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Obon. Most young men who have an idea of what this season means usually think, “Bon dances! Meet girls, walk around and look good, eat barbecue sticks and corn-on-the-cob.” And most girls with any...

Project Dana, Jolene Kim Gerell Receive Ho‘omenemene Award

The Samaritan Counseling Center Hawaii presented its 2016 Ho‘omenemene Award to Project Dana and the late Jolene Kim Gerell at its awards banquet on May 1 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The dinner...

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35 – The Legacy

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary I don’t spend too much time worrying about how many more years of publishing life lie ahead for the Herald. Frankly speaking, it’s not a decision that I have much control over....

Garrett Kaoru Hongo

On my way to the Volcano district of the Big Island to interview poet Garrett Hongo, I thought about the poems in his two books of poetry, “Yellow Light,” and his more recent “The...

MÖ‘ILI‘ILI TORÏ

The low-keyed dedication of the Mö‘ili‘ili Torï took place at 2 p.m. on January 22 in the small triangular parcel of land located between King and Beretania streets. The dignitaries included Jeremy Harris, mayor...

Tea Houses: Old Japan In Hawaii

To hear the pleasant non-sound of running water from a sparkling stream is a relaxing mind massager. To feel a cool breeze wafting in from the still water of a manicured pond becomes a...

“Eyes Of The Emperor”

EYES OF THE EMPEROR By Shara Yuki Enay Birbirsa

Slaying The Hapa Stereotye

Shayna Ann Akiko Coleon Vol. 24, No. 6, March 21, 2003 My friend, who looks like my sister but had always referred to herself as Japanese, giggled. “I’m kinda hapa,” she said. “I’m half-Okinawan, half-Japanese. And...
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Kapakahi

Arnold T. Hiura Vol. 18, No. 10, May 16, 1997 Kapakahi. vs. One-sided, crooked, lopsided, sideways; bent, askew; biased, partial to one side; to show favoritism. Lit., one side. One needn’t look very far these days for...

Jean Sakihara

Aisha A.C. Wang Vol. 19, No. 3, Feb. 6, 1998 “Don’t force,” says Jean Sakihara when people try to drag their friends to attend her kimono culture class. As a teacher of Japanese language and culture...

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