Queen Melanie Carríe at the Jan. 13 opening ceremonies of the 2019-2020 Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. (Photos courtesy Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce)

67th Cherry Blossom Festival – Queen Interview, Queen Melanie Carríe: Time Now to “Give...

Departing Cherry Blossom Queen Melanie Carríe Looks Ahead to a New Chapter Jodie Chiemi Ching In the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival souvenir booklet published by the festival’s sponsor, the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, queen contestant Melanie Camille Michiko Carríe wrote: “I am inspired by the idea that obstacles are stepping stones towards the....
Moku Kitchen: fries, pizza and green beans. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – The Happiest Hour

RYAN'S TABLE By Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist I’m not sure when this transformation began, probably sometime around when we entered our fourth decade of life. It started with simple expressions like, “These kids nowadays . . .” or “When I was your age . . .” That’s when you begin to realize that you’ve....
Group 'On Ensemble', featuring: Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr.

“On Ensemble”: Contemporary Taiko

WHO/WHAT: On Ensemble, made up of Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr., will make its O‘ahu debut in a performance that infuses taiko with jazz, rock and Central Asian...
Harry Minoru Urata’s internment experience and thoughts are captured in “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawai‘i’s Internees.”

Lead Story – “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawaii’s Internees”

Hawai‘i’s Internment Experience Comes to Life in New JCCH Publication Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Imagine being a young adult in school, learning about American democracy from your teacher, when you are suddenly summoned to the principal’s office and confronted by FBI agents who arrest you on the spot and take you....
Servco Foundation presents a check for $200,000 to Aloha United Way to launch the Hawaii Social Impact Project. From left: Rick Ching, Servco president/COO; Elizabeth McFarlane, AUW vice president for community impact; Norm Baker, AUW COO; and Mark Fukunaga, Servco chairman and CEO. (Photo courtesy Servco Pacific Inc.)

Spotlight – Servco and Aloha United Way Launch Hawaii Social Impact Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching In celebration of their centennial anniversaries, Aloha United Way and Servco Pacific Inc. are teaming up to honor their legacies of service to the community with a collaborative initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of Hawai‘i’s systemic and persistent social welfare issues. The initiative is titled the Hawaii Social Impact Project.....
Key chains by Garrin Taga.

POP Art – Garrin Taga is the Amigurumi Banker

Free Time Developed Into a Creative Side Gig Jodie Chiemi Ching By day, Garrin Taga is an accounting specialist with Bank of Hawaii in downtown Honolulu. But when the 27-year-old Punahou grad isn’t crunching numbers, his hands are usually busy at work filling orders for his popular amigurumi creatures. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of....
Stephen and Tracey Seta with daughter Sophia. (Photo courtesy Tracey Seta)

Business Profile – 9Bar HNL Coffee and Eats

Blending Cultures and Flavors Jodie Chiemi Ching First came love, then marriage and then a coffee shop in SALT at Our Kaka‘ako — Honolulu’s hottest new community for foodies. Together, Stephen and Tracey Seta are the coffee and food-geek power couple behind 9Bar HNL, a specialty coffee shop with fresh-baked goods and made-to-order breakfasts served....
Mizuki and her friend pose for a photo with Yomitan’s official mascot, Yomiton.

Lead Story – Seijinshiki, “Coming of Age” in Japan

Where Did the 20 Years Go? Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake From zero to 20! That was....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

JCCH Ohana Festival Offered Experiences Galore

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Members and supporters of the Wahiawa Nichiren Mission at the temple’s 70th anniversary celebration. The Rev. Myoryu Aniya’s great-granddaughter, Valerie Aniya Schmidt, and great-great grandson, Hunter Schmidt, performed shishi-mai lion dance. The Wahiawa Nichiren Mission does not have a resident minister anymore. These days, Hawaii Nichiren Mission ministers take turns leading services for the congregation. (Photo courtesy Valerie Schmidt)

Religion – Wahiawa Nichiren Mission Remembers its Founder

The Rev. Myoryu Aniya is Remembered With Fondness and Gratitude Jodie Chiemi Ching “In February 1948, a Lotus temple appeared at Pu‘u Place, Wahiawä, a block away from Rev. (Myoryu) Aniya’s residence. The members purchased two old military houses, and put them together to create a temple and living quarters.” So begins the story of....

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