Photo of a traditional shisa lion-dog

Landmarks – Hunting Lions in Honolulu, Finding Symbols of Protection and Bravery

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The multicultural identity of a community is often reflected in its publicly visible art and architecture, and few objects are more distinctively East Asian than the guardian lions positioned at the entrance to buildings or passages. These imposing beasts usually come in pairs — one on the left....
Group Photo of those participating in presentation to the National Park Service

Community Focus – Prime Minister Abe’s Crane To Be Exhibited at Pearl Harbor

Three new paper cranes will soon be added to the Sadako Crane Exhibit in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The exhibit recently welcomed the cranes, which were folded by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie and a former navy man named....
Image of a modified Ikigai diagram based on work by David C.M. Carter and Marc Winn.

Looking Within – What Is Your Ikigai?, Views on Life’s Purpose For The Sansei...

Cullen T. Hayashida Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Several years ago, a good friend of mine told me that he was now 65 years old, on Social Security and retired. He said he expected to live at least another 20 years or so, but did not know what to do with his life. It felt....
Cover Photo for Feb. 3rd's Issue - of Ken Saiki (Saeki) visiting his dad's Furusato

Lead Story – Journey To My Furusato With Dad

A Missed Opportunity Inspires A Commitment to Help Others Touch Their Ancestral Homeland Ken Saiki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I called my daughter at work and told her the good news: My father had heard that we were headed to Japan on a two-week trip and offered to take us to his furusato. Dad was born....
Rev. Paul Osumi

Today’s Thought

by Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission Never Trouble Trouble There was a woman who for 50 years had the habit of looking under her bed every night for a burglar. If she had found one...
Photo of a scene from “Lost Boy” in The Leeward Theatre’s “Plantation Plays” series. (Photo courtesy The Leeward Theatre)

Plantation-Themed Plays To Be Staged at Hawaii’s Plantation Village

WHO/WHAT: The Leeward Theatre will present three newly commissioned plays as part of its children’s theatre season. “Plantation Plays” will feature works by local playwrights Kiki, Courtney Takabayashi and Kirstyn Trombetta. Ashley DeMoville, a...
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Dialogue – Share Your Furusato . . . and Remembering EO 9066

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen Are you familiar with this century-old Japanese children’s song, “Furusato?” I’d heard the melody before, but I didn’t know the lyrics or what they meant until I attended a Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai event late last year at which there was group singing of this song. Fortunately for me, the....
Image of “An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten,” written by Suikei Furuya

“An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten” Book Launch Party

WHO/WHAT: The long-awaited release of “An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten,” written by Suikei Furuya and translated by Tatsumi Hayashi, will be released by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The book chronicles Furuya’s World...

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