Chrysanthemum Festival Contestants: (starting from top left) Sokah Furumoto, Kristi Echiverri, Makaylen Tadeo, Jaelynn Nobriga, and Paige Maki Nagahama

Community Focus – Chrysanthemum Festival Set for Dec. 2 in Wailuku

The 65th Chrysanthemum Festival, a Maui Japanese tradition that raises funds for scholarships and the historical preservation programs of its sponsor, Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Teens from five Maui high schools are vying for the Chrysanthemum....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
JCAH “Bunka no Hi” “Cultural Treasures” (from left) Akiko Masuda, Takayoshi Kanda and Ronald Takeya are pictured with former Gov. George Ariyoshi (behind) and Japanese Community Association of Hawaii president Ivan Nakano (far right). (Photos by Laurie Higashi)

Community Focus – Three Cultural Treasures Honored at JCAH “Bunka No HI”

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, honored three “cultural treasures” at its biennial “Bunka no Hi,” or Japanese Culture Day program, on Nov. 18 at the Sangha Hall. The event was themed “Okage Sama De,” an often-used Japanese phrase of gratitude meaning “I am what I am because of you.” Honored as....
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Kadomatsu Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Kadomatsu workshop led by Rick Hoo. Kadomatsu are Japanese good luck bamboo and pine arrangements that adorn the entrance to many homes at New Year’s. Rick Hoo began making kadomatsu with TEMARI, Center...
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“Proof of Loyalty”

WHO/WHAT: PBS Hawai‘i will broadcast “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” which was shown at the recently concluded Hawaii International Film Festival. The film by documentarians Don Sellers and...
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride, A Family Saga”

HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 111 Haru fidgeted. She glanced at the clock on the kitchen wall, her heart beating like a taiko drum. Would the SS Lisbon Maru arrive on time? On board were her sisters, now brides with husbands. They were expected yesterday. As soon as the vote was finished, she....
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Journalism – Gordon Sakamoto

At the Helm at the Associated Press Charles Gary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Reprinted from March 18, 1994 Editor’s note: In his long career in journalism, Gordon Sakamoto rarely got the kind of byline exposure that most print, broadcast — and now web — journalists get for their work. That is the nature of....
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....
Bruce Hamada on the stand-up bass and Jim Howard on piano play the classics from the great American songbook at 53 by the Sea. (Photos courtesy Bruce Hamada)

Music – Swept Away By The Music of Bruce Hamada

Music is the Bassist/Vocalist’s Passion Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “The very thought of you, makes my heart sing, like an April breeze on the wings of spring . . .” It is dinner hour at “53 by the Sea,” the upscale bistro overlooking Waikïkï, and Bruce Hamada’s voice is floating ethereally across....
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Ryan’s Table – Holiday Cheer

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Now that we are officially into the holiday season, I decided to highlight some beverages that are sure to add to your holiday merriment. For starters, nothing says cheer like champagne or sparkling wine. After winning their second championship in three years, the Golden State Warriors are said to have....

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