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...

The Kotohira Jinsha

Mark Santoki Vol. 13, No. 1, Jan. 1, 1992 Every day, thousands of people whiz past the Kotohira Jinsha without even knowing it. But at rush hour, drivers caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic near the Houghtailing or...

Moloka‘i’s Renaissance Man

Alan Suemori Vol. 15, No. 18, Sept. 23, 1994 In Masashi Otsuka’s dream, he is 14 years old again, rocketing across the uplands of Moloka‘i, his ears filled with the pounding of his heart and the...

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...

Portraits of Internment

Laura Hirayama Vol. 3, No. 23, Dec. 3, 1982 Dear Daddy, . . . I am waiting for you to come home to show you how I can dance. I can swim too. I go swimming with...

Picture Brides: A Story Of “Gaman”

Karleen Chinen Vol. 7, No. 3, Feb. 7, 1986 As Barbara Kawakami listened to the experiences of the Japanese and Okinawan picture brides who came to Hawaii between 1908 and 1924, memories of her own life...

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...

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...
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Hawaii Japanese Center To Host Tanabata Festival

The Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo will celebrate Tanabata (Star Festival) on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The traditional Japanese observation of Tanabata is inspired by the story of Orihime...

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Welcome to Part 1 of The Hawai‘i Herald’s 35th anniversary edition! When managing editor Gwen Battad Ishikawa and I began tossing around ideas about how we would celebrate this milestone anniversary in print, I...

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