Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon) at this year’s Hawaii United Okinawa Association Okinawan Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center. (Front row: Hayli, Adele and Kelsi; Middle row: Allison Yanagi and Aren Pai; Back row: Kathy Oshiro, Dennis Nishiguchi, Terry Higa of Hawaii Taiko Kai, Richie Yamashiroya, Lynn Miyashiro Masuda of Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii and Sara Nakatsu of Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai.

Community Focus – Nov. 24: “Uchinamun Family Variety Show”

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Hawai‘i chapters of Azama Honryu Traditional Okinawan Dance School and Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai (Denon), a school of classical Ryukyu music, will present their first concert entitled, “Uchinamun Family Variety Show,” at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipahu. The performance will highlight the Hawai‘i members of....
Congressman Ed Case and his wife Audrey at the monument dedicated to the 100th/442nd soldiers in the Helledraye forest above Bruyères. Mayor Kirk Caldwell brought the folded paper cranes to Bruyères at the request of Hiroshima City Mayor Kazumi Matsui. (Photos courtesy Congressman Ed Case)

Commemoration – Journey to Bruyeres

Hawai‘i Congressman Participates in 75th Anniversary of Vosges Liberation U.S. Congressman Ed Case Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I thought I understood the incredible story of the Nisei veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service, who served overseas in the European and Asia-Pacific theaters, and the....
Misoyaki butterfish with clams and shrimp.

Ryan’s Table – A (Somewhat) Secret Sushi Bar at 22Kailua

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai’i Herald Columnist There is a wonderful anomaly hidden within the 22Kailua coffee shop at 22 Oneawa St. Enter the shop, walk all the way to the back, and you’ll find owner and chef, Taka Kijima, preparing omakase meals in an intimate six-seat restaurant called “Hana-re” (like Hanalei, but it means “separate place”....
One . . . two . . . three . . . shaka! Mayors Victorino of Maui County and Naoki Edahiro of Fukuyama City flash a shaka, along with Joycelyn Victorino and Fukuyama City Assembly Chair Yoshiyuki Hayakawa (far right).

Lead Story – The Maui County, Japan Friendship

The Friendship Continues to Bloom Under Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Every year in mid-May, the Japanese city of Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture explodes in vibrant colors with rose blooms for as far as the eye can see — and just in time for the celebrated Fukuyama....
Five-year-old Cummins Chong-Kee tames the shishi (lion) while Amy Shinsato, Terry Higa-Sensei (obscured), Lori Shinsato, Norman Kaneshiro-Sensei and George Fujita performed music to assist him. Inside the shishi’s costume are brothers Aukai Joy and Kuakini Joy.

In Our Community – Maui Okinawan Festival

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Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa chats with visitors recently at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, where he is painting a mural highlighting the World War II AJA soldiers.

Art + History – Maui Mural Celebrates Nisei Soldier’s Story

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Telling Their Story Inside and Out Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Crisp, colorless images of young American soldiers of Japanese ancestry are coming to life on a concrete canvas on the windswept oceanfront campus of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. At the center, situated where the towns of Kahului and Wailuku meet,....
Seki Machine Works on Mill Street in Wailuku, Maui. (Photos courtesy Tom Seki.)

Business – Seki Machine Works, A 60 Year Legacy

Keeping Old Nisei Values Relevant Jodie Chiemi Ching For the past 60 years, Seki Machine Works has serviced every industry in Maui County. “Name any industry,” challenged 55-year-old yonsei Tom Seki, and they’ve done it — including automotive, marine, medical, hotel, astronomy, heavy equipment, water, sewage and the highway. The metal fabrication and automotive shop....
Tassho Pearce with the sake-making crew at Dewazakura Sake Brewery in Yamagata. (Photos courtesy Tassho Pearce)

Lead Story – Tassho Pearce’s Second Act

The Rap Veteran Sets His Sights on the Sake Industry Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tassho Pearce has been a household name in Hawai‘i hip-hop circles for more than a decade and a half. But over the last six years, Pearce has quietly been carving out a new reputation in the world of....
Photo of KTA Chairman and CEO, Barry Taniguchi

Remembrance – Aloha ‘Oe, Barry Taniguchi

Karleen Chinen Commentary I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat another hotel banquet salad without remembering fondly the happy face of KTA Super Stores chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi enjoying his dinner salad . . . with a pair of hashi (chopsticks), instead of a fork. That is an image I will not....

Religion – Inside Daihonzan Chozen-JI

Where a Millennial Monk Found Her Calling Cristina Moon Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s possible that you’ve heard of Chozen-ji, the Zen temple in the back of Kalihi Valley where I live. Many local people remember hearing stories of the late Tanouye Roshi — born Stanley Tanouye — from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.....

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