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Generation Gap by Jon J. Murakami

Generation Gap by Jon J. Murakami
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68TH CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL CANCELED, NOW PLANNED FOR 2021

The popular Chrysanthemum Festival has been canceled for the winter. The Maui Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, which has run the Valley Isle festival annually since 2008, made this announcement on Aug....
Michelle Whaley (second from the left) represents her mother, the late Jane Serikaku, who was an executive director for the Hawaii United Okinawa Association and a student-exchange coordinator for the Hawaii-Okinawa Student Exchange Program. Next to Whaley is HOSEP coordinator Tom Yamamoto (third from left). Student Michelle Nitta has the mic, speaking on behalf of Hawai‘i high-school students. (Photo courtesy of Tom Yamamoto)

30 YEARS OF HAWAI‘I–OKINAWA STUDENT EXCHANGE

Tom Yamamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Thirty years ago, an innovative idea became a reality: to create an exchange program for students to learn firsthand about diverse cultures, fostering their global awareness and sense of...
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
“Inseki Kazoku.”

NGN3 SEPTEMBER MOVIE SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 Midnight – Army Intelligence 1:30 a.m. – The Shogun's Guard: Valor in Turbulence 3:20 a.m. – Swordsong 4:50 a.m. – Oda Nobunaga 6:30 a.m. – Flint Geisha 8:10 a.m. – Snake Princess: Oshima and Sentaro 9:40 a.m. – Shingo's Challenge...
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
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Dad’s Three Cats

Editor's Note: The Hawai‘i Herald welcomes yonsei Gwen Muranaka to the ‘ohana. Currently senior editor of The Rafu Shimpo, a bilingual Japanese newspaper in Little Tokyo, L.A., Muranaka has worked as staff editor at...
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OKINAWAN ROOTS: GROW YOUR FAMILY TREE

Database of Over 50,000 Okinawans Who in the Early 1900s Emigrated to Over 29 Countries Allen Toma Reprinted with permission Editor’s note: This article was published in the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s “Uchinanchu” newsletter (March/April 2020). It has...
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”
While introducing the “macadamia shortbread cookie” of her mother’s Kauai Kookie Company to Japanese viewers, Ann Hashisaka also briefly talks about the history of Japanese immigrant labor in Hawai‘i in this promotional clip for Natural Lawson convenience store’s Hawaii Fair. (Photo courtesy of Natural Lawson’s YouTube channel)

TIMELY AND INNOVATIVE MARKETING OF HAWAI‘I PRODUCTS IN JAPAN

Thanks to the combined efforts of small-business accelerator Mana Up, the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association and Central Pacific Bank, local small businesses can distribute their products in Japan through the global visitor industry’s prestigious...

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