Shinye and Noboru at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Ryukyu Shimpo)

Lead Story – The Story of the Gima Brothers

They Strengthened Their Bond as Brothers After Serving Opposing Sides in the Battle of Okinawa By Byrnes Yamashita Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Do you sometimes think about how a simple twist of fate changed your life and the lives of others? As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War....
Logo for Bamboo Ridge @ Home 'A series of readings from our house to yours'

Community Focus – Bamboo Ridge at Home

Around since 1978, the premiere journal of the literatures of Hawaiʻi, Bamboo Ridge, has upgraded itself for the audiovisual-media-friendly era with “Bamboo Ridge at Home” ( The series of online videos show Hawaiʻi creative writers filmed in their living rooms while they explain the context for, then read excerpts from, their fictional stories, creative non-fiction,....
'Downtown Rocket 2.'


“Kapuso Mo,” premieres Thursday, July 9, at 4 p.m. A news magazine subtitled in English and hosted by Jessica Soho. Each week, Jessica explores different, fun and fascinating stories on classic and current events, pop culture, foods, celebrities, health and internet trends. “Homicide Team 9,” premieres Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m. The members of....
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....
The Japanese American National Museum presents a Q&A session for the film 'Madame Fujima Kansuma.'

Bulletin Board – JANM Digital Film Festival: “Madame Fujima Kansuma” Film Q&A

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese American National Museum presents a Q&A session for the film “Madame Fujima Kansuma,” featuring the life of a Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher who began a decades-long career in the...
Sen. Mazie Hirono standing and speaking in front of young students

Lead Story – Sen. Mazie the Fierce

Hawai‘i’s Senior Member of Congress Models Compassionate Governance for Up-and-Coming National Leaders Ida Yoshinaga Mazie Hirono laughs in surprise when I offer congratulations on her latest honor, the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award, which the National Park Trust will on June 25 present to Hawai‘i’s senior member of Congress, the first woman of color....
Three-year-old Landon Fox writing letters to his preschool friends. (Photo by Catherine Toth Fox)

Social Media – Stay-at-Home Activities

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Fourth graders from Ala Wai Elementary School show off their “Aloha Journals” with their teacher, Lori Kwee (back center), Principal Michelle DeBusca (back left) and Danny Kim (far right). (Photos courtesy of Danny Kim)

Mindfulness – Aloha Everyday

Danny Kim’s Aloha Journal: A Daily Practice in Gratitude Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s the beginning of April, two weeks since the start of stay-at-home initiatives for Hawai‘i and most of the world, yet Danny Kim — founder and creator of the “Aloha Journal” — has been keeping busy. Other than writing....
MW Restaurant’s strawberry pop tart.

Ryan’s Table – Staying at Home: It’s Not Over Yet

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist We are in the third full month of the COVID-19 pandemic and besides supporting local businesses by purchasing weekly take-out, my wife and I have also found alternative means of supporting local food purveyors. We recently made the drive into town from our home on the windward side to explore....
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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