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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Your Story – Sharing Short Stories

Editor’s note: Every so often, subscribers send in — by USPS mail or email — a letter or an essay or short story about something they experienced in their lives. They’re usually only a few hundred words in length, but they make you stop and reflect on relationships and bygone years. Earlier this year, I....
Teishu (tea ceremony host) Kae Pusic-Sanada prepared tea for guests (from left): Consul General Koichi Ito, Mrs. Misako Ito, Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dr. Robert Huey and Akemi Kurokawa at the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association’s Hatsudate Shiki.

Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association Welcomes 2018 With Hatsudate Shiki

Members and guests of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association, led by president George R. Ariyoshi, ushered in the Year of the Dog on Jan. 21 with the Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, at the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. In attendance for the first tea were....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Comic Shushin, Feb. 2 2018 Issue

Shushin

Bishop Ryokan Ara Tendai Mission of Hawaii Kono yo ni wa Ironna yama ga aru Sorezore  ni Sorezore no Itadaki ga aru In this world there are many different mountains, And many different mountain tops.
The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival contestants were introduced at the Ohana Festival. They are (from left): Mika Nakashige, Colette Masunaga, Kristen Yamamoto, Kaydi Hashima, Rhianna Taniguchi, Ariel Stenek, Melanie Carrié, Joy Nakahara, Kylie Hisatake, Chelsea Briggs, Cindy Nakagawa, Renni Iwasa, Karly Kaneshiro, Shelby Meador and Jordie Ocenar. (Photo courtesy Cherry Blossom Festival)

Spotlight – Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants Introduced

The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival got its official kick-off on Jan. 14 with the introduction of the 15 queen contestants at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored annually by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festival theme is Inspire.....
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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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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....
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Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride, A Family Saga”

HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 116 At the Hawaii Hochi office, Taka quickly typed up his column and turned it in to Fred Makino. He stood back while the editor read the hurriedly written copy. Makino looked up. His smile was wide enough to almost show his teeth. “Good copy, Taka. Clean up....
Mälama Learning Center students at a native Hawaiian planting site at Pälehua. (Photos courtesy Mälama Learning Center)

Lead Story – For Pauline Sato, Earth Day is Every Day

Student by Student, the Malama Learning Center is Helping to Change a Generation Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For most of her growing up years, Pauline Sato said she felt like “a weirdo.” While the children of her parents’ friends pursued careers in medicine or law or business, Sato was focused on....

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