Artist Holly Young’s statue of the late Patsy Takemoto Mink is draped with lei. (Photos by Kevin Kawamoto)

Community – Patsy T. Mink Monument Evokes Timeless Ideals

Visitors to the Hawai‘i State Library in downtown Honolulu are now greeted by the newly installed monument honoring the late Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color — and the first Asian American woman — to serve in the United States Congress. The Maui-born lawmaker’s decades in public service won her accolades as a....
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Estate Planning Insights – Wrapping Up Your Estate Plan

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Happy Holidays! This is the time of the year when we make an extra effort to be thankful for all that we have. We focus on the spirit of giving and we wrap up presents for our family and loved ones. This thought made me chuckle a little....
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Hatsumode 2019 – Blessings for the New Year | Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii...

Jan. 1: midnight-5 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Blessed sake and candies will be served. Omamori and ofuda (amulet) available for purchase. Free parking available on Jan. 1 at HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union...
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NGN Programs

“Kekkon Aite wa Shusen de (Choosing Spouse by Lottery),” premiers Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:35 p.m. Due to the nation's low birth rate and aging population, the Japanese government has decided to enact the "Marriage by Lottery Act." Under this law, single people aged 25 to 39 have to go on government planned blind dates.....
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"24 Hours with Big Families, " Mondays and Tuesdays, at Noon-1 p.m. The lives and struggles of two large families are profiled in this special. The first family consists of two parents and nine children living in the Nara prefecture. The mom struggles each day to make ends meet and put food on the table....
Rick Hoo creates a kadomatsu using mosotake, or green bamboo. (Photos courtesy of Kuhio Lions Club of Honolulu)

Lead Story – Kadomatsu and Cultural Identity

S. Sanae (Imada) Tokumura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Got kadomatsu, or kadomatsu plans? If not, there’s still time to gather the essential pine boughs and other symbolic elements to create Hawai‘i’s essential New Year’s decoration. Kadomatsu, literally “gate pine,” is originally a Shintö practice, but placing kadomatsu outside homes and/or businesses is largely no....
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Health Information – Inhibit Aging with Ground Black Sesame Seeds (Part 7)

Like natto, sesame seeds are comprised mainly of protein, and are an outstanding health food. They also contain the brain-boosting vitamins B1, B2 and E. “Sesame seeds come in three varieties: black, white and...
Attendees joined in a bon dance on the Great Lawn led by members of Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai.

Community Focus – UJSH Tsukimi No Kai Celebrates Harvest Moon at Bishop Museum

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its an- nual “Tsukimi no Kai,” or moon-viewing celebration, on Oct. 25 on the Great Lawn of the Bishop Museum. This year’s event, co-chaired by UJSH members Frances Nakachi Kuba and Cyrus Tamashiro, was open to the general public and included food booths and food trucks with a....
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Dialogue – Make Your Holiday Parties Really Count

DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen Commentary Many years ago, I met a kind-hearted man named Brett Schlemmer who worked for the Hawai‘i Foodbank. I think he worked in donor relations, although I don’t remember his title. Something he said during an orientation session on the Hawaii Foodbank impacted me profoundly. Sad as it is, Brett said,....
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NGN3 January Movie Schedule (Part II)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16 Midnight - Fifth Street Duel 1:40 a.m. - Case of a Young Lord 5 2:40 a.m. - The Passage to Japan 4:50 a.m. - Edo Official and Apprentice 6:20 a.m. - A Fishwife's Tale 7:50 a.m. - The Most Dangerous Game 9:20 a.m. - The Purple Hooded Man 10:50 a.m. - Lost in Ramen....

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