Group photo of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival queen contestants.

Community Focus – 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants Introduced

The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival was officially launched on Jan. 8, with the 15 queen contestants introduced at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Kokoro, the Japanese word for heart, mind and spirit, is the theme for this year’s festival. “Kokoro embodies the spirit of the Cherry Blossom Festival....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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NGN3 February Movie Schedule (part II)

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 1:30 a.m. – Swordsong 3 a.m. – Hibari is Fashion Crazy 4:30 a.m. – Tragedy of the Samurai Coolie 6:10 a.m. – Sorcerer’s Orb, Parts 1 & 2 8 a.m. – Dark Society in the East 9:50 a.m. – And Then 12:10 p.m. – Case of Umon: Red   Lizard 1:40 p.m. – Swastika....
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Craig Gima has joined AARP Hawaii as communications director. Gima is an award-winning multimedia journalist with more than 30 years of print, television and online experience, most recently with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also previously worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and in the news departments of KHON-TV in Honolulu and television stations in San Francisco....
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8•0•8

8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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NGN Programs

“Let’s Experience Nagaoka!” premieres Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 p.m. Honolulu’s sister city Nagaoka is the second largest city in Niigata Prefecture. Nagaoka has a long history and rich nature. Starting with “Nagaoka Matsuri,” two foreigners and one Nagaokan visit interesting spots and even harvest rice. They also introduce you to local gourmet. Let’s experience....
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Dialogue – Keep Paying It Forward

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen I was planning to write about the passings late last year of two people whose lives had touched so many, but I decided to save that for another Dialogue for a subject more pressing. Yesterday, I asked Keiri Kanbayashi — whose journey through the John Muir Trail contributing writer Alan Suemori....
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From The Mailbag

Dear editor, I struggle to understand how David Ellis can justify his insulting comments to Hawaii and the daughter of a Nisei veteran.  He claims we haven’t known war even with recent news associated with the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. He condones and supports the irresponsible Trump charlatan bait-and-switch tactics of....
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Estate Planning Insights – Estate Planning Updated for 2017

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Happy New Year! Here is the 2017 update of important numbers used in estate and Medicaid planning in Hawai‘i. • How much money and property can a person have at death without having to pay estate taxes? At the end of 2012, Congress passed a law making the....

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