Attendees at Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai’s 95th anniversary celebration signed messages of hope and aloha to the people of Fukushima on a Fukushima Prefecture flag.

Community Focus – Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai Celebrates 95th Anniversary

The Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai celebrated its 95th anniversary with a festive gathering at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom. The June 3 event started with a briefing by Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki on the prefecture’s progress and current challenges following the 2011 Töhöku earthquake, tsunami and radiation disaster. Later, during the formal program,....
Rev. Paul Osumi

Today’s Thought

by Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission NO TIME TO LIVE A man wrote his own epitaph: “Born a human being.  Died a wholesale grocer.” He explained, “I was so busy selling groceries that I had...
Headshots of Lieutenant Governor Candidates, Jill Tokuda and Kim Coco Iwamoto

Primary Election 2018 – The Race for Hawaii’s Number Two

Five Lieutenant Governor Candidates Share Their Views Karleen Chinen This year’s race for lieutenant governor has attracted a crowded field of 11 candidates: five Democrats, three Republicans, two nonpartisans and one Green Party member — all vying to be second in command of the state and the acting governor when the governor is out of....
Democratic Candidate, Dale Kobayashi, alongside a busy road waving with a red lei and Aloha Shirt

Political Advertorial – Dale Kobayashi

Democratic Candidate for State House of Representatives District 23 – Mänoa, Punahou, University, Mö‘ili‘ili First of all, I’d like to express my gratitude for this opportunity to state our views and provide your readership information to make an informed choice in the upcoming election. I spent my career in the global bond markets. My work....
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“Rescuing the Lost Battalion – the Story Behind the ‘Heroes'” on PBS Hawaii

PBS Hawai‘i will screen “Rescuing the Lost Battalion — The Story Behind the ‘Heroes,’” an NHK documentary on the World War II rescue of the Texas “Lost Battalion” by AJA soldiers of the 100th...
Incumbent Gov. David Ige with supporters former Gov. John Waihee (left) and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim. (Photo courtesy Ige for Governor campaign)video

Lead Story – The Race for Governor

DAVID IGE: WALKING THE TALK Karleen Chinen The “Year of the Dog” began happily for Gov. David Ige. With three years under his belt as Hawai‘i’s chief executive, he was looking forward to launching his campaign for a second term. But his glee quickly turned into a nightmare on the morning of Jan. 13, when....
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Kim Coco Iwamoto

Political Advertorial – Kim Coco Iwamoto

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Hawai‘i Question: Kim Coco, your father, Robert Noboru Iwamoto Jr., is President of Robert’s Hawaii Tours and a well-known businessman. Can you tell us more about your mother? Kim Coco: My mother, Toshiko Asamen, was born in California to parents who immigrated to California from Japan. They were farmers —....
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Dialogue – “The Legacy Letter”

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen I don’t know whether you caught this in our July 20 issue. In case you didn’t, allow me to call it to your attention. Last month, while copy-editing attorney Ethan Okura’s Estate Planning Insights column, which he titled “An Ethical Will,” I came across this paragraph: “Historically, an ethical will....

Lead Story – The Race for Governor

On Aug. 11, Hawai‘i voters will decide who will advance to the general election in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor. On the Republican side, polls show state Rep. Andria Tupola leading former state senator John Carroll and former Marine and Hawai‘i Department of Education administrator Ray L’Heureux. But the race being watched....
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Dear Frances – The Power of Poetry

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa These poems were shared at our recent poetry writing support group for caregivers. Our discussions follow each caregiver’s poetry. SADNESS I am sad because my sister-in-law is terminally ill I....

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