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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....
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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Today’s Thought

By Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission SYMPATHY A man saw a number of children on a street, all crying. He asked them, “What’s the matter with you children?” They answered, “We’ve all got pain in...
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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...
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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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....
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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