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Kevan Kamibayashi testing equipment in a lava field.

Volcano – From “Broke Mechanic” to Chief Field Engineer

Kevan Kamibayashi’s First Encounter with Kïlauea Changed His Life Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The first time I saw flowing lava, that was it . . . I was hooked!” That is how Kevan Kamibayashi describes his first encounter with an active volcano back in 1992, at the age of 11. Born and....
S. Hasegawa Store is one of the buildings featured in “Honokaa Town” by Laura Ruby and Ross Stephenson. (Photos by Kevin Kawamoto)

Honoka’a – Alive in “HONOKAA TOWN”

“Images of America” Series Highlights the Old Plantation Town’s Living History and Heritage Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald You can learn a lot about the history of a place through books and oral histories, photographs and video documentaries. But one way to really experience that history, firsthand, is through its architecture and....
KTA Express Kealakekua store director Hoku Kamakau (center) joins KTA Superstores president and COO Toby Taniguchi (far left) and company chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi (far right) for the market’s April 14 grand opening. The Kealakekua community also turned out to welcome the new store. (Photos courtesy Toby Taniguchi)

Kealakekua – “KTA Express” Opens in Kealakekua

Energy-Efficient and Technically Innovative, KTA Express is Much More Than a Convenience Store Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald To the uninitiated, the simple green-and-white commercial building along the Hawai‘i Belt Road (or Mämalahoa Highway, if you prefer) in South Kona might not seem like such a big deal. After all, the building itself....
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....
Group photo of 2018 Little League World Champions eating at Agu Ramen

Community Focus – Little League World Champions Feted at Agu Ramen

Hawai‘i’s Little League Baseball World champions were guests of honor at a special dinner at Agu Ramen restaurant at Ala Moana Center on Sept. 24. Agu Ramen owner and president Hisashi Uehara hosted the championship team to congratulate the young champs. The ‘ukulele duo, Heart and Soul, also performed for the champs.
The talented students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds on stage at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University with their director Susan Ochi-Onishi (far left). (Photos courtesy Susan Ochi-Onishi)

Herald Salutes – Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan...

Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan Ochi-Onishi, performed to four standing ovations in the 28th annual Music for All National Festival in March in Indianapolis, Ind. The Music for All National Festival showcases America’s finest high school and middle school music ensembles and student musicians. It spotlights outstanding music-making and....
Eric Tanouye and longtime Green Point Nurseries employee Estelle Navalta discuss their work plan for the day. During the 2009 economic recession, Tanouye and his fellow Big Island flower growers came up with a plan to lift the spirits of their entire island community. (Photo courtesy Eric Tanouye)

Home Sweet Home – Community Spirits Tanouye, Goto, and Galimba

Meet Three Big Island Community Spirits Who Keep Their Communities Resilient and Relevant Dan Nakasone Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Each of the islands of Hawai‘i has its own unique qualities that draw you to them. I love all of the islands, but the Big Island is — and will always be — my....
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Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe

WHO/WHAT: Hawai‘i Public Radio will host a special screening of “Moananuiäkea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe,” which celebrates the Polynesian voyaging canoe  Hōkūle‘a’s worldwide voyage that connected people and cultures from around the...
Hawai‘i Herald columnist Colin Sewake met the Rev. Irene Tanabe, a Kubasaki High School alumnus when she was taking friends to see Yachimun no Sato in Yomitan. Colin is a good friend of the owner, Kinjo-san. (Photo by Colin Sewake)

Home Away From Home – Proud to be a “Kubasaki Brat”

Kubasaki High School Alumni Remember Fondly Their Alma Mater Grant Kagimoto and Karleen Chinen Special to The Hawai‘i Herald We were all “Kubasaki Brats” — the children of Okinawa-based U.S. military personnel or civil service people working for the military in Okinawa and attending the Department of Defense school known as Kubasaki High School. More....

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