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....
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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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Ryan’s Table – An Ambitious New Direction for Kosasas’ ABC Stores

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Dukes Lane Market & Eatery Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel 2255 Kühiö Ave. (808) 923-5678 What started in the 1940s as a neighborhood pharmacy and then reinvented itself in 1964 to become the ultimate convenience store with 30 locations in Waikïkï alone(!) — is growing once again. If you thought....
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by several of Okinawa’s top artistic and cultural masters will be recalled with gratitude and fondness on Sunday, July 30,....
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“Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” Book Signing

WHO/WHAT: Author Stan Yogi will discuss and sign copies of “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up,” which he co-authored with Laura Atkins. Fred Korematsu refused to comply with the World War II internment order and was...
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Tea Ceremony Workshop

WHO/WHAT: Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii/Tankokai Hawaii Association will present a workshop on chado, or the “way of tea.” Participants will learn the history and the basics of a tea ceremony. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, July 15, from...
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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.
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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...
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Community Focus – Honolulu and Hokkaido Establish Sister State Ties

Hokkaidö Prefecture, Japan’s second-largest island, and the state of Hawai‘i are now sister-states. The signing of the sister-state relationship by Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige and Hokkaidö Gov. Harumi Takahashi was held May 8 at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. According to the agreement, the two states will engage in business, cultural and educational exchanges that....
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....

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