Ken Kakesako (center) with Stevenson principal Linell Dilwith (far left), DOE complex area superintendent for Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Ruth Silberstein, Noelani teacher Katherine Nakamura, and representatives of the Milken Foundation and Hawaii USA FCU. (Photo courtesy DOE)

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Stevenson Middle School teacher Ken Kakesako was selected Hawai‘i’s Milken Teacher of Promise Award by the National Milken Educators of Hawai‘i. Kakesako is currently in his third year of teaching science at Stevenson. The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during their....
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Recipes Sought for Hawaii’s Plantation Village’s 25th Anniversary Cookbook

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Hawaii Plantation Village is compiling a cookbook and is asking the public for submissions of “home-style cooking.” Along with the recipe, include your name, phone number, email address, the name of the recipe and origin of the recipe. In addition, explain in a few sentences why this recipe....
Photo of Hawaii Hochi President, Hawaii Hochi, and Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Melanie Carrie, drawing the contest winners for 'Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.'

Community Focus – Winners of the “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen”

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Melanie Carrié visited the Hawaii Hochi offices on March 28 and drew the winning ballots for the 35th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, assisted by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. president Taro Yoshida (pictured above).
The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir performs “Sakura” while their director, Professor Hirotaka Arai, sings the song.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Visit Hawaii

Students from Hakuoh University’s Handbell Choir made their 27th goodwill visit to Hawai‘i to share their music. The choir was founded 30 years ago, in 1988, by Professor Hirotaka Arai, who continues to direct the choir. The choir has the capacity to ring seven octaves of handbells and has a wide-ranging repertoire of music. Hakuoh....
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Sidebar – Supporting “The Story of Immigration to America”

As Frank Moy sees it, being born in and growing up in a Chinese laundry is, in some ways, like living on a Hawai‘i plantation. “Labor-intensive, low pay, long hours, strict rules and hard work. I knew as a young kid I was not going to work in a laundry like my father, my father’s....
Pacific Buddhist Academy students Kano Hashimoto (right) and Yuma Sky Tochika practice chadö under the watchful eye of Marion Yasui-Sensei (in kimono). (Photos by Alan Kubota/Courtesy PBA)

Education – Teaching Peace and Mindfulness Through Tea

Chadö Will Soon be Included in Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Required Curriculum Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Today’s millennials can often be found with their heads buried in their laptop computers or mesmerized with their thumb-happy smartphone devices. So words such as “silence” or “mindfulness” in a classroom setting are often totally foreign....
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Hawaii Shingon Buddhists to Convene in Hilo on April 21

Congregations from Hawai‘i’s 12 Koyasan Shingon Buddhist temples will convene on the Big Island of Hawai‘i on Saturday, April 21, for their first statewide layperson convention in five years. Temple members are invited to come together with their family members and friends for a stimulating daylong program aimed at deepening their faith and enjoying fellowship.....
Abacus Federal Credit Bank founder and chairman Thomas Sung and his wife Hwei Lin with their daughters Heather, a physician; Chaunterelle, a lawyer and former deputy district attorney; Vera, a lawyer and Abacus director; and Jill, Abacus’ president and CEO. (Lia Chang Photography)

Review – “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

The Story of the Only Bank Prosecuted Following the 2008 Economic Meltdown Alan Suemori Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 2008, America careened on the precipice of an economic meltdown that ultimately resulted in a $22 trillion loss to the American economy. The crisis had been fueled by a long era of cheap credit....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Promotion for Spring Concert - April 17 at 6:00pm, Kaimuki High School Auditorium

Honolulu Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Honolulu Wind Ensemble, led by music director Keith Higaki, will perform in concert with the 111th Army Band, Hawai‘i Army National Guard, led by music director Commander CW4 Curtis Hiyane. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, April...

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