JAPANESE TRUCK FARMERS OF WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND

Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Past, Present and Post-Pandemic Truck farmers work on small farms, growing vegetables and fruits for the market. Cultivating “Grade A” produce 365 days a year, they turn a fair profit...

GOOD LUCK KATHERINE ITOH!

Jodie Chiemi Ching The Herald ‘ohana sends its best wishes and a heartfelt mahalo to Katherine Itoh. Shin-nisei Itoh has been the Herald’s intern for the past few months, polishing her reporting skills by compiling...
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COVID-19 PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS AND HAWAI’I’S FUTURE

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s Note: Because the pandemic situation varies day by day, it is relevant to note that this interview was conducted on Aug. 13, 2020. HMSA’s Dr. Mark Mugiishi Says, “We Will...

Remembrance – ALOHA ‘OE, FUJIO MATSUDA

Karleen Chinen Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Fujio Matsuda belonged to the World War II cohort that journalist Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” I don’t know if Matsuda, a veteran and the nation’s first Asian...
Yukie Shiroma in her “Blind Visions” (1987), performed at the University of Hawai‘i while Shiroma worked towards her MFA in dance. (Photos provided by Yukie Shiroma)

THE ARTS AS “FIRST-RESPONSE” TO OUR LIFE NOW

Yukie Shiroma Blends Okinawan, Modern and Experimental Dance to Create “Your (Own) Ballet”
Statue of Kyüzö Töyama, the “Father of Emigration from Okinawa,” at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipi’o. (Photo by Caro Higa)

UKAJI DËBIRU, KYÜZÖ TÖYAMA

A Brief History of Okinawa’s “Father of Emigration”
Longtime friends Jon Shirota and Professor Katsunori Yamazato. Yamazato is a retired president of Meio University in Nago, Okinawa. (Photo by Barbara Shirota)

ALOHA ‘OE, JON SHIROTA

A Maui Son’s Writing Brought Hawai‘i’s Okinawan Experience Into the Light
An almost-deserted Mihama Beach, in late March. (Photos courtesy of Byrnes Yamashita)

ONE MORE VISIT TO THE MOTHERLAND

My Frolic to Okinawa Before the COVID-19 Lockdown
Ryökin Nakama. (Photo from “History of Ryukyuan Accomplishment in Hawaii” by Takenobu Higa, printed by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd.)

OKINAWAN MUSIC PIONEERS IN HAWAI‘I

Grant “Masanduu” Sadami Murata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I began learning Okinawa uta-sanshin (singing and playing the sanshin) in 1976. Who knew it would lead to a life-long devotion that would span decades? I have...

HANABATA DAYS WITH THE FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN

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