The 2017 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts: Princess Kristi Echiverri and Kawika Fernandez, Princess Jaelynn Nobriga and Logan Cabanilla-Aricayos, Queen Paige Maki Nagahama and Kai Iinuma Nakaaki, Princess Makaylen Tadeo and John Williamson, and Princess Sokha Furumoto and Caleb Perreira. (Photo by Nagamine Photo Studio)

Community Focus – 2017 Chrysanthemum Festival Queen Crowded

Paige Maki Nagahama was crowned queen of the 65th Chrysanthemum Festival, which was held Dec. 2 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, Maui. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans and co-sponsored by the County of Maui. Nagahama, 17, of Wailuku, is the daughter....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Awards 2018 Cultural Grants

Hui O Laulima has awarded its 2018 cultural grants to 11 organizations, totaling $13,000. The nonprofit women’s organization, which is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, awards grants annually to individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate the unique culture of Okinawa throughout Hawai‘i. Each awardee must demonstrate the potential to promote....
The 2018 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Caroline Witherspoon. Standing from left are: emcees Keven Matsuura and Alexis Okihara; dorobo Tadanobu Rihei (George Takase), Nango Rikimaru (Guy Tanioka), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Richard Manungas), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Cynthia Yamasaki) and Nippon Daemon (Yasuhiko Ishikawa). Missing from photo: Meakashi Kingoro (Brandon Miyagi).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 73rd Gonin Otoko Play

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the “Year of the Dog” at its 73rd annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 5. The event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was attended by a sold-out audience of 300, including HJCC members, their families and friends. The highlight of the event was the “Shoko....
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Ryan’s Table – “We’re Here to Seek Shelter ..”

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto The 1920 to 1933 nationwide ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages — the period commonly known as Prohibition — was intended to reduce family violence, political corruption and alcoholism. It also, however, reduced tax revenues and spurred gang violence, as organized crime took over the....
Group photo of staff surrounding a woman's desk on the set of new movie, "The Post" (Photos courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Film Review – “The Post”

In the Era of Trump’s “Fake News” Claims, “The Post” is a Reminder of What is at Stake Gerald Kato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The New York Times is currently running full-page ads offering a paperback edition of its book, “The Pentagon Papers,” based on the stories the Times broke in 1971 about America’s....
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The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the...
Children's Message of Peace Exhibit on February 1, 2018 at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse

Children’s Expression of Peace Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: The 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans, in partnership with the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, will host an exhibit of Children’s Expressions of Peace. The exhibit is curated by Naomi Harata with assistance by...
Red and White Song Festival contestants gather on stage while waiting for the competition results to be tallied at the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s shinnenkai.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Holds Shinnenkai

A lively taiko performance by Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko, Pacific Buddhist Academy’s student taiko group, kicked off the festivities of the 2018 shinnenkai (New Year’s party) of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation on Jan. 28 at Natsunoya Tea House. The first event of the year for the 64-year-old organization, led by president Cathy Iwai,....
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Dear Frances – Common Sense + Flexibility = Humanity

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you.   — Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, My 92-year-old mom didn’t want anything for Christmas, so I decided to give her your book on Kapoho — it was the perfect gift! My mom really....

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