Photo of the Arata aunties and uncles gathered to welcome me to Okinawa in 1986.

My Furusato – Okinawa: The Journey Home

Karleen C. Chinen (This story was first published in the Nov. 21, 1986, edition of The Hawai‘i Herald following my first trip to Japan. Parts of it have been re-edited.) I should have been bursting with excitement: I was on my way to Okinawa — my first trip to my ancestral homeland. Everyone who had....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Rimi Natsukawa of her concert last year in Hawai‘i: “At that time, the feeling of Hawai‘i was so welcoming, I strongly felt that I would like to come back again. Then came an opportunity to sing at the Okinawan Festival!” (Photo by Jon Itomura)

Lead Story – Rimi Natsukawa to Headline Okinawan Festival

The Okinawan Songbird’s Performance Set for Sunday, Sept. 3 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Japanese characters for Rimi Natsukawa’s family name mean “summer river.” How else could you describe the pure and magical flow of Natsukawa’s voice? The songbird whose recording of “Nada Sousou,” the signature tune from the heartbreaking 2006....
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Real Possibilities – How Okinawans Disrupt Aging

REAL POSSIBILITIES BY Barbara Kim Stanton
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Culture4Kids!

CULTURE 4KIDS! By Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurasaki Kubota To learn how you can create this issue’s craft or featured activity, please click below to subscribe to our online subscription or complete and submit a form here to subscribe to our print edition
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JCCH Summer Cultural Workshop: Eisa in Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: Are you planning to attend the Okinawan Festival this Labor Day weekend? If so, you will likely be mesmerized by the energy of the eisa performances. Grant “Sandaa” Murata, who holds a shihan...
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An Evening of Edo Sato Kagura

WHO/WHAT: Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii, the East-West Center Arts Program and Taiko Arts Center present a free performance of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki. Suzuki is...
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride”, A Family Saga

HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 105 Diamond Head, Easter Sunday, 1923 “What’s at stake is what type of Nisei citizens will be voting — those molded in the American tradition in public schools, or those indoctrinated by the Buddhist-run, so-called language schools?” Square-jawed Walter Dillingham was holding court with Hawai‘i’s power elite this....
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2017 Okinawan Festival – On the Menu at the Okinawan Festival

There’ll be no shortage of delicious food at the Okinawan Festival, including many dishes that are served in Okinawan home kitchens. Spend a day — or both days — at the Festival and make sure you try everything, all of it prepared and served by HUOA volunteers. Andagi: Okinawan deep fried doughnut — a local....
Group photo of Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and participants in the Hiroshima International Youth Exchange Program

Spotlight – Hiroshima Governor Joins East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 8 and 9 with members and special guests from Hiroshima Prefecture in attendance, including Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Assembly Chairman Shin Uda, and delegation leader and Assembly member Masao Hayashi. The delegation’s visit included participation in an anniversary dinner; a tree planting ceremony at Lili‘uokalani....

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