History – HIMEYURI AND HAWAI‘I

Colin Sewake Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Almost eight decades have passed since the Battle of Okinawa and the end of World War II, but the memories of 136 teachers and students from a women’s school...
Shinye and Noboru at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Ryukyu Shimpo)

Lead Story – The Story of the Gima Brothers

They Strengthened Their Bond as Brothers After Serving Opposing Sides in the Battle of Okinawa By Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Do you sometimes think about how a simple twist of fate changed your life and the lives of others? As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War....

MAUI JINSHA MISSION: FROM PERSECUTED TO HISTORIC

Gaylord Kubota Reprinted with Permission Editor’s Note: The following articles were part of a column called “Kuroshio – Japan Current” written for The Hawai‘i Herald by Kubota in the 1980s. On November 21, 1978, Maui Jinsha...
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....
“. . . I’m interested in preserving memorabilia, preserving the past . . .” says Colin Yamamoto standing beside one of the glass cases containing various antiques and memorabilia.

Preserving Maui’s Yesteryears

For Colin Yamamoto, They are All Historical Treasures Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A seat belt from Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a car speaker from the old Kahului Drive-In, plantation kaukau tins, handmade potato peelers and vegetable graters from the 1930s and ’40s. These pieces from Maui’s past are just a fraction of....
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Sidebar: ABOUT THE GO FOR BROKE NATIONAL EDUCATION CENTER

GFBNEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Its goal is to inspire new generations to...
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MEET THE HERALD’S FREELANCE WRITERS

My name is Scott Baba. I’ve been a freelance writer for The Hawai‘i Herald since 2020. I have been an active member of the Japanese American community my entire life, and while I wouldn’t...

Book on “Sugihara Survivors” Published in English

TÖKYÖ — A former official of the Japan National Tourism Organization has released an English-language version of his research on the wartime escape of Jews from Nazi persecution via Japan. Akira Kitade, 70, published his...
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Gannenmono Symposium – Masako Iino, PH.D.

"Gannenmono Spirit and Hawaii-Japan Relations" Professor Masako Iino Published with Permission Hawai‘i is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese tourists. When they fly into Honolulu, the first thing they notice is that the airport has a name: the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. He was the first Japanese American to serve in the....

Japanese History – THE TRADITION OF TATAMI, OLD AND NEW

The Venerable Straw Mat Has Been Utilized for Thousands of Years  Stacy Lee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Besides slippers, sunscreen and spam musubi, the goza mat is quintessential for a day at the beach here in the islands. Even tourists...

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