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....
Two books based on oral history interviews collected by the Center for Oral History —“Hanahana: An Oral History Anthology of Hawaii’s Working People” (1984) and the 2009 book, “Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People.”

People’s History – Leaving a Legacy of Local Knowledge

Two UH Researchers Bid Farewell to Historic Center Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Their names have been synonymous with oral history research in Hawai‘i for decades. But when the fall 2017 semester begins at the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa later this month, Dr. Warren Nishimoto and Michi Kodama-Nishimoto will have already....
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....
Lester Higa during his 1987 interview with the Herald. “In another generation, Vietnam will only be a memory of the grandparents, not a reality of the second and third generation that left.”

Vietnam Veterans – Forgotten … and Now Remembered

Forgotten ... and Now Remembered Karleen Chinen Originally published March 6, 1987 A woman lovingly arranges a bunch of fresh-cut flowers and leans them against the stark black and white wall. She brings her right hand up to her lips and tenderly kisses her fingertips as her eyes remain fixed on a name etched on....
Members of the Kuakini Auxiliary, Kuakini Health System administration and Tendai Mission in front of the Kuakini columbarium following the May 29 memorial ceremony. Front row, from left: Memorial Project Committee chair Jinny Okubo; Kuakini Auxiliary president Karen Kuraoka; Rev. Ryodo Ishida of Tendai Mission; Alex Murata, president of the Tendai Mission support organization Ichigu Kai; Rev. Bishop Ryokan Ara of Tendai Mission; Gary Kajiwara, Kuakini president and CEO; Nancy Shimamoto with the Kuakini Auxiliary; and Suzette Lau-Hee from Kuakini Home. (Photo courtesy Kuakini Health System)

Kuakini Honors Memory of Japanese Immigrants

Members of the Kuakini Medical Center Auxiliary and the Kuakini Health System administration gathered at Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu‘uanu on May 29 to honor the memory of the Gannenmono, who arrived in Hawai‘i in 1868, and the 141 Issei who once resided at what was originally the Japanese Home of Hawaii. They offered prayers....
The cover of “I Am Not Your Negro” is available on DVD, which can be borrowed from your public library.

Review – “I Am Not Your Negro”

Academy Award-Nominated Film is an Insightful Essay on Race Relations in America Alan Suemori Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1979, the great American writer James Baldwin sent a short letter to his literary agent Jay Acton, outlining an ambitious project that would require the author to undertake a long-delayed journey back into his....
“My job is to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” — Hanako Wakatsuki. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

Lead Story – Never Again!!

Minidoka Camp Educator Works to Prevent a Repeat of E.O. 9066 Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Minidoka War Relocation Center opened on Aug. 10, 1942, in the wake of the signing of Executive Order 9066, President Franklin Roosevelt’s surrender to the wave of fear and paranoia that washed over the country after....
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....
After arriving in Honolulu on June 4 for the Gannenmono 150th anniversary commemoration, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko paid their respects at the Gannenmono memorial at Makiki Cemetery. (Photo by Richard Borreca)

Gannenmono Literature – O.A. Bushnell Novels Captured Gannenmono Story

The 1970s Novels Brought Gannenmono History to Life Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was nearly 60 years ago that the late Hawai‘i writer, historian and scientist, O.A. “Ozzie” Bushnell was challenged by his wife, Elizabeth. As Bushnell’s son Andrew recalled in an interview, a bad play and the ensuing dare launched Bushnell’s literary....
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko plant a rainbow shower tree at Thomas Square following a luncheon at the Honolulu Museum of Art hosted by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his wife Donna Tanoue. The tree planting commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gannenmono's arrival in Hawaii in 1868.

Gannenmono – A Chance to “Reflect Upon the Relationships Between Japan and Hawaii”

Japan’s Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko Reflect on Their Hawai‘i Gannenmono Visit Editor’s note: The following essay, written by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, was emailed to The Hawai‘i Herald and other news organizations by deputy consul general Takayuki Shinozawa of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. After returning to Japan, the couple....

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