2018 Nengajo by Anne Ruedo, Waipahu High School — second place, artistic, high school.

Nengajo – 2018,Year of the Dog

The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of....
Mochi topped with ikura.

Oshogatsu – New Life for Your Leftover Mochi

Editor’s note: It’s the fifth day of the new year and every time you open your frig, those trays of glutinous white rice cakes — mochi — are staring you in the eye. “Ahhhhh, I ordered too much,” you say to yourself. “What am I going to do with all this mochi? I’m going to....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – More Than Half

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake Columnist’s 46th Birthday Sparks a Reality Check “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake I don’t know why it is,....
Columnist Ryan Tatsumoto for "Ryan's Table"

Ryan’s Table – Sustainability for 2018

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto For the past several years, I have been making a concerted effort to purchase my food ingredients from local purveyors so that more of my hard-earned dollars remain in the 50th. I realize that some of my money stays in Hawai‘i even if the produce I purchased was grown on....
Children playing the Taiko drums for New Years at JCCH 2018 Ohana Festival

JCCH New Year’s Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the “Year of the Dog” with the 25th annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival. The event marks the first public event of the Gannenmono 150th anniversary immigration...
Photo of Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurosaki Kubota

Culture4Kids!

CULTURE 4KIDS! By Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurasaki Kubota To learn how you can create this issue’s craft or featured activity, please click below to subscribe to our online subscription or complete and submit a form here to subscribe to our print edition.
Masayoshi “Masa” and Helen Nakamura outside the Kapahulu-area nursery founded by his father, Kanichiro. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Landmarks – K. Nakamura Nursery’s Deep Roots

An Oasis of Plants and Trees in Kapahulu Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Nestled among the high-rise apartment buildings and older homes along Date Street in Kapahulu sits a quarter-acre oasis of flowering plants and small fruit trees that Helen and Masayoshi Nakamura have been tending to for more than half a....
Photo of Jon J. Murakami

Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
Illustration by Arthur Kodani - of voter booths with callout bubble reading "AJA?"

Politics – “The Japanese Vote”

How Significant is “The Japanese Vote?” Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Asking about ethnic voting in Hawai‘i is like posing the question: “Is it raining in Hawai‘i?” Yes, somewhere in Hawai‘i almost every day, rain is falling and, yes, Hawai‘i voters take ethnicity into consideration when they go to the polls. But it....
Photo of Frances Kakugawa

Dear Frances – Resolve to Pay Kindness Forward in 2018

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa New Year’s. Traditionally, it is a time of hope and renewal and looking forward. But I’m going to take a different path here and look back. Sometimes there are life-changing....

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