On Aug. 2, 2019, 88-year-old Hiroshima bombing survivor Lawrence Miwa, assisted by Izumo Taishakyo minister, the Rev. Jun Miyasaka, rings a replica of the Hiroshima Peace Bell. Behind him are the students from Hiroshima Minami High School.

Community Focus: CANCELLED Hiroshima Commemoration And Peace Service

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the tragic bombing of Hiroshima. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace service scheduled for Aug. 6 at Izumo Taishakyo Mission...
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Spotlight: 46th Annual Historic Preservation Honor Awards

Katherine Itoh The Historic Preservation Honor Awards are the state’s highest recognition for projects, organizations and publications that help in the preservation and restoration of Hawai’i’s historical and cultural sites. The annual award is presented...
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Herald Salutes

Honolulu Magazine reporter Jayna Omaye, whose nisei grandfather had been a soldier with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, won the highly competitive City and Regional Magazine Association Award for Multiplatform...
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Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates: The Human Side

Editor’s Note: When preparing to vote for our next mayor, we might find it challenging to consider all the solutions proposed by candidates without first knowing the history and nature of the related problems...
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In Her Own Words: “We Are All In This Together”

Dr. Kathryn Takara Shares Her Views On Racial Inequality Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Dr. Kathryn Takara is a longtime educator, poet and community leader in Hawai‘i. In 1996 she received the University of Hawai‘i...
A basic and core exercise of Zen training is zazen or seated meditation. (Photos courtesy of Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo of Hawaii)

Political Philosophy: Zen and Politics

The Way of Public Leadership Bill Kaneko Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Engaging in the world of politics can be a treacherous endeavor. Personal attacks, self-interest, dirty tricks and political maneuvering detract from the reason why most...
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Keith Amemiya For Mayor: New Leadership For Oahu

My name is Keith Amemiya and I’m running for Honolulu Mayor. After serving O‘ahu as a lawyer, nonprofit leader, and business executive for 30 years, I’m running for political office for the first time...

Colleen Hanabusa For Mayor: Okage Sama De

I was raised by my grandparents in a plantation home in the Japanese Wai‘anae Plantation Camp. My maternal great grandmother was the midwife for the plantation and my maternal grandfather was the plantation carpenter...
Mufi Hannemann

Mufi Hannemann For Mayor

The achievements of Americans of Japanese ancestry surround us: in their back-breaking toil as immigrant plantation workers ... the role of those workers in shaping the organized labor movement ... the courage and sacrifice...
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Kim Coco Iwamoto For State House, District 26

I am yonsei. My maternal grandparents left Japan to grow cantaloupe in California. During World War II, my mother and her family were interned in Poston, Arizona. My uncles were eventually released to enlist in the...

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