Rev. Paul Osumi

Today’s Thought

by Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission BETTER PEOPLE The improvement of our society depends not so much on social reform as on spiritual regeneration. “The heart of reform is really the reform of the heart.”...
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Photo of Tom Ikeda's grandparents receiving an American flag during a memorial service for their eldest son, Bako.

Legacy of the Sansei – Our Stories, Our Strength

Tom Ikeda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: The Herald recently decided to expand its “Legacy of the Sansei” series to include essays by Sansei living on the continental United States. Brian Niiya, who was a contributor to the series last year, introduced series coordinator Gail Honda to many insightful and influential Mainland Sansei....
Colin Nakagawa of the Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm and his father, Susumu Nakagawa, with Roland Higashi and Ivan Nakano of JCAH.

Community Focus – Japanese Community Association of Hawaii Honors Dodo Mortuary and the Seaside...

The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii recently recognized two 100-plus-year Hawai‘i island businesses as its 2017 Nikkei Kigyo Award honorees — Dodo Mortuary Inc., established in 1898; and The Seaside Restaurant, established in 1915. The sold-out recognition banquet was held May 17 at Nani Mau Gardens. Translated into English, “Nikkei Kigyo” means “enterprise of....
Sachie Saigusa-Sensei with the two recipients of certificates of achievement — Michiko Fukumoto (left) and Takako Yajima-Stults (right).

Sumie Society Celebrates 15th Exhibition

Members of the Sumie Society of Hawaii celebrated the conclusion of their 15th annual exhibition at Honolulu Hale with a luncheon at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room at the Ala Moana Macy’s on May 19. The members’ India ink and Japanese art drawings were on display in the courtyard of Honolulu Hale from May 8 to....
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Storyteller, Yasu Ishida, Featured Artist for Library Summer Reading Program

WHO/WHAT: Magical storyteller Yasu Ishida will be the featured artist for the Hawaii State Library System’s 2017 Summer Reading Program at selected libraries statewide. Ishida’s storytelling programs, “Story Circus” and “Origami in Motion,” incorporate magic...
From left: Michael Miura, the Rev. Taiken Akiyama and Dwight Ishiguro were among the volunteers. Miura and Ishiguro also spend several days a week cleaning the cemeteries.

Lead Story – Cleaning with Heart

Roy Kodani Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Summertime in Japan is synonymous with Obon, the time of the year when the spirits of deceased family members, ancestors and other loved ones return to the world of the living. In Japan, millions of Japanese are on the move during the summer months, returning to their ancestral....
Photo of Lorraine Mito (holding camera) visits her Yamane family ohaka in Hiroshima. (Photos courtesy Lorraine Mito)

My Furusato – Spirits of My Ancestors Live On

Dr. Lorraine S. Mito, Ed.D Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My father, Gisaburo Yamane, was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1909. At the age of 13, his parents sent him to Kona, Hawai‘i, to become the adopted child of his uncle and aunt, who were childless. Dad was the second son of his birth parents....
Historical Fiction by Michael G. Malaghan

Historical Fiction – “Picture Bride”, A Family Saga

HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan Chapter 102 Unconsciously, Haru rubbed her swelling belly, which soon would be noticeable, even under a loose-fitting yukata. She looked at the calendar: Dec. 1. She had put off visiting the Christian Community Center, always finding one reason or another to postpone a visit: like registering the children for....

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