Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Spotlight – Ariyoshi Inducted into the Aloha Order of Merit

Jodie Chiemi Ching Former Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit –– one of the state’s highest honors –– on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. In a press release from the Office of the Governor, it states, “The Aloha Order of Merit was established....
(Left) Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend the "Taiirei Seiden no gi" ceremony marking Emperor Akihito's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019. (Kyodo photo)(Right) Japanese Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, gives a final farewell to the public during the "Taiirei Seiden no gi" abdication ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019, the last day of the Heisei Era. (Kyodo photo)

Heisei to Reiwa – Heisei Era is Now the Reiwa Era

A “TRIPLE PASSAGE” Michael Malaghan Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The weather was miserable, so we didn’t go to the Imperial Palace. I viewed this imperial turnover in the context of a “triple passage” because my wife Tomoko and I got engaged in Japan just as Emperor Hirohito died, bringing the Showa Era to an end, and we....
Black and white photo of Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

In Memoriam Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

Retired Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito, only the fourth Japanese American to be promoted to the rank of general in the U.S. military, died Jan. 26 at the age of 90. Ito began his military career in 1951 when he joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard as a field artillery officer. He spent 37 years....
Photo from 'Voices behind barbed wire: stories of Hawaii' promoting free screening by AARP Hawaii at the JCCH

“Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawaii” Screening

WHO/WHAT: AARP Hawai‘i will host a free screening of “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i,” produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the U.S....
A framed collection of Emperor Akihito’s baby and childhood photos and his parents is part of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s “Okage Sama De” exhibit. (Photo by Kevin Kawamoto)

Lead Story – Emperor Akihito’s Ties to Hawaii Run Long and Deep

As a Young Crown Prince, Akihito Helped America to See the Human Face of Japan Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to the Hawai‘i Herald Enthusiastic waves of aloha greeted Emperor Akihito during each of his official visits to Hawai‘i, beginning in April 1953 when he was just barely an adult and about to embark on a....

Review – A Powerful “Allegiance”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Because I am a writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and an Okinawan performing artist, people might think that I’m the type of mother who forces my two sons, 14-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Cameron, to attend or participate in Japanese and Okinawan cultural activities. Actually, I rarely do. I try to encourage....
The current and future emperors of Japan — Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (seated) with Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. (Courtesy Hawaii Hochi)

Japan’s Imperial Couple – Akihito and Michiko Forged a New Era

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Have Redefined the Imperial Family Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald After the last of their three visits in the 1960s, Akihito and Michiko did not visit Hawai‘i again for 27 years. When they did return again, much had changed in their lives. By 1994, they had raised....
Soon-to-be emperor and empress, Naruhito and his wife Masako, greet an elderly woman. (Courtesy of Hawaii Hochi)

The Chrysanthemum Throne – From Hirohito to Akihito to Naruhito

Each Generation Brings Change to the Chrysanthemum Throne Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When Emperor Akihito was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in Tökyö, his father, Emperor Hirohito, announced that his first son would be called Prince Tsugu-no-Miya — Prince Tsugu, for short. The naming was in keeping with the Japanese imperial....

Lead Story – Recalling Iolani Palace’s Return to Glory

Fifty years ago, all of Hawai‘i state government’s elected big shots — from then-Gov. John Burns and his lieutenant governor, Tom Gill, to state senators and representatives — closed their ‘Iolani Palace offices and walked across what was then Hotel Street to America’s newest state capitol building. As they walked into Hawai‘i’s political and governmental....
Mae Nishioka and Pearl Yamaguchi in 2012 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel at the chartering of the Society of Women Engineers Hawaiian Islands Chapter. (Photo courtesy Pearl Yamaguchi)

Women’s History Month – Mae Nishioka, An Engineering Trailblazer

Scholarship Fundraising Drive Underway to Honor the Engineering Pioneer Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As we observe Women’s History Month, we shine the spotlight on a humble and quiet woman who inspired other women like her to chase their dreams. It’s been a while since Susan Nishioka flipped through the pages of....

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