Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shöken, are featured in this print by Hashimoto Chikanobu (1838-1912). It commemorates the first time a Japanese emperor attended a kabuki play and was publicized in order to help resuscitate the art of kabuki, which, along with other traditional arts, was dying due to rapid Westernization. (Courtesy Honolulu Museum of Arts, Anonymous gift)

Art Review – Changing Times

Exhibit Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Hawai‘i Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the “I Ching,” there is a popular canard, or myth: In crisis or change, there is opportunity. This is based on a false and superficial reading of the Chinese characters, or hanji (in Japanese:....
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....
The back of the old Kunia Camp store, pre-World War II. The Sekiya family lived nearby. (Camp photos courtesy of Ray Sekiya)

Wahiawa History – The Pineapple Families of Wahiawa

Wahiawä’s Pineapple Camp Nisei Tell Their Stories Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the pre-World War II years, Wahiawä’s pineapple camps were scattered around the outskirts of the town proper. In these self-contained communities, the plantation workers and their families lived and worked together and bonded through both hardships and good times. For....
Genpachi Tsushima and his wife, Alice Shizue, on the occasion of his receiving the Order of the Rising Sun imperial decoration from the Government of Japan in 1973. (Photos courtesy the Tsushima family)

In Their Own Words – “… We Were Interned for Nothing”

Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The following interview write-up is the second of seven that will be published in The Hawai‘i Herald this year in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Honouliuli Internment Camp. It is part of a series titled, “In Their Own Words.” In 1980, I was....
Illustration by Arthur Kodani - of voter booths with callout bubble reading "AJA?"

Politics – “The Japanese Vote”

How Significant is “The Japanese Vote?” Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Asking about ethnic voting in Hawai‘i is like posing the question: “Is it raining in Hawai‘i?” Yes, somewhere in Hawai‘i almost every day, rain is falling and, yes, Hawai‘i voters take ethnicity into consideration when they go to the polls. But it....
June Arakawa was one of the first members of Hui O Laulima when it organized in 1968. Arakawa is pictured with a cultural display organized by Hui O Laulima at the then-Honolulu Academy of Arts. (Hawai‘i Herald Archives)

Community – Hui O Laulima to Celebrate its 50th With “Kanaganatu”

Hui O Laulima to Retrace Its Journey from “Auxiliary” to “We Can Do It! They were just supposed to help their husbands entertain visiting dignitaries from Okinawa by serving ocha (tea) and snacks, help the men organize dinners, and sit beside their husbands and smile . . . But something happened along the way. If....
(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....
In this 1978 Photo by Honolulu Star-Bulletin photographer Terry Luke, Honolulu Sake Brewery president and general manager Shinzaburo Sumida celebrated the company’s 70th anniversary. (From: Nov. 17, 1978, Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

In Their Own Words – “… Justice Was Out Of Your Reach”

The Voice of Shinzaburo Sumida Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The following interview write-up is the fifth of seven that will be published in The Hawai‘i Herald this year. It is part of a series titled, “In Their Own Words.” In the spring of 1980, I had the opportunity to interview seven former....

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....
In 2014, Army investigators sift through the remains of what was a prisoner of war camp at Schofield Barracks from 1944 to 1945. (U.S. Army photo)

History – Footprint of Hawaii’s Italian POW’s

The Little-Known Story of the Landmarks Left by World War II Italian Prisoners of War Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald During World War II, some 3,000 Okinawan soldiers, conscripts and civilians were imprisoned in Hawai‘i as prisoners of war. Twelve of them died while in captivity here in Hawai‘i and were buried....

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