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....
Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Food Bank, along side a young girl, storing bags of food on a flat bed

Lead Story – ” … My Turn to Give Back”

Hawaii Foodbank President Ron Mizutani Comes Full Circle Jodie Chiemi Ching This past April’s devastating floods forced residents of Kaua‘i’s North Shore to once again muster their inner strength and power through the crisis. It was almost a repeat of September 1992, when Hurricane ‘Iniki, a category 4 storm, came ashore on the Garden Island,....
Book cover, titled 'Leading with Aloha, From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal's Office' by Jan Iwase

Book Review: “Leading with Aloha” Redefines Leadership

Jodie Chiemi Ching Jan Iwase’s memoir “Leading with Aloha: From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal’s Office” came into my hands at the perfect time. With just two months of editorship at The Hawai‘i Herald under my belt, I still feel like I am learning to walk. Nostalgic, comforting and practical, “Leading with Aloha” was....
Dan Nakasone reproduced his favorite field dinner, which his mom cooked for him and packed in his kaukau tin before sending her young son off to work. The meal included fried chicken, kinpira gobo and white rice topped with a big, red ume in the midde.

Coming of Age – Life Lessons Learned at $1.25 an Hour

Some of the Most Valuable Life Lessons Were Learned in the Pineapple Fields of Wahiawä Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “You have to learn the value of a dollar,” Dad would tell me. Other kids in Wahiawä and the surrounding area likely heard a similar “lecture.” It was the mid-’60s. I was 15....
Cover photo of Duane Kurisu and Connie Mitchell holding a t-shirt that reads, "We Built It!"

Lead Story – Kahauiki Village: “We Built It!”

What Can Happen When the People Put Their Heads and Hearts Together Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “We built it!” It took Hawai‘i businessman Duane Kurisu just six months and one day to develop Kahauiki Village — a public-private housing project that is fulfilling his dream “to build a community,” not just....
Ron Kouchi

Government – Sen. Kouchi Seeks Opportunities During COVID-19

Backed By Experience From Rebuilding Kaua‘i’s Economy In The Past Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald One evening during the closing days of April, Senate President Ron Kouchi was watching the evening news when he was startled to hear Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell starting to volunteer Kouchi’s home island, Kaua‘i, as a test site....
The “Believe In Your Dreams and Spray Away Meth” workshop and mural were Trysen “TK” Kaneshige’s senior year project at Kaua‘i High School. (Photo by Trysen Kaneshige)

Art Life – “TKAY2”, A Gifted Kauai Boy with a Huge Heart

Trysen “TK” Kaneshige’s Many Art Forms Vibrate Positivity Across the 808 Jodie Chiemi Ching “WHEREAS, hard-working, determined, passionate, and talented are words that describe Trysen ‘TK’ Kaneshige, in his journey towards an auspicious career in the creative arts as a local Kaua‘i boy with a simple, but in no way small, dream …” reads the....
Gov. David Ige joined the organizers of Sacred Heart Village at the June 30 opening. From left: Terry Cabalar of Terry’s Custom Flooring; Brandee Menino, CEO of Hope Services Hawaii; Gov. Ige; Gilbert Aguinaldo of Big Island Electrical and Pacific Rim Construction; Bronson Haunga from Haunga Construction; Darryl Oliveira, safety and internal control manager for HPM; and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Lead Story – “My Boy, He Will Be a Good Man”

An Immigrant’s Dream is Realized Frances Kakugawa and Karleen Chinen Editor’s note: As most of you know, Frances Kakugawa, The Hawai‘i Herald’s “Dear Frances” columnist, was born in Kapoho on Hawai‘i Island, where she spent her early childhood. The eruption of Kïlauea Volcano in 1955 forced her family to relocate to nearby Pähoa, where they....
The Rev. Bert Sumikawa and a dozen members of the Windward Buddhist Temple held an obon service in June 2019 at the nearly one-acre Bellows Japanese Cemetery in Waimänalo. (Photo courtesy of Windward Buddhist Temple)

Lead Story – Obon: The Graves at Bellows Air Force Station

Rev. Bert Sumikawa Helps Descendants Honor Ancestors at the Bellows Japanese Cemetery Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This year, obon — the 500-year-old Japanese Buddhist custom honoring ancestors’ spirits — will deepen Ann Nakata’s connection with her family roots. Just two months ago, 72-year-old Nakata, a retired Kapahulu florist, discovered she had....

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