June Arakawa was one of the first members of Hui O Laulima when it organized in 1968. Arakawa is pictured with a cultural display organized by Hui O Laulima at the then-Honolulu Academy of Arts. (Hawai‘i Herald Archives)

Community – Hui O Laulima to Celebrate its 50th With “Kanaganatu”

Hui O Laulima to Retrace Its Journey from “Auxiliary” to “We Can Do It! They were just supposed to help their husbands entertain visiting dignitaries from Okinawa by serving ocha (tea) and snacks, help the men organize dinners, and sit beside their husbands and smile . . . But something happened along the way. If....
Rev. Paul Osumi

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by Rev. Paul S. Osumi Reprinted with permission “Show Me” In the play, “My Fair Lady,” a suitor glowingly declares his love for Eliza, the heroine. Eliza responded, “Show me!” It is one thing to declare one’s...
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66th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (part I)

CHELSEA MOMOKA BRIGGS Parents: Raymond Briggs and Tia Takae Briggs High School: Kapolei High School, 2016 College/Degree: University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration – finance, anticipated graduation in 2020. Occupation: Student, AVID tutor and college math peer academic leader. What or Who Inspires You? “All my life....
MariCAR adventure through the streets of Tokyo. Heather is third from right, front row. (Photos courtesy Heather Omori)

Queen Interview – “I Know Who I Am”

65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Heather Omori Reflects on the Past Year Gwen Battad Ishikawa As any Cherry Blossom Festival queen will tell you, their year as queen was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a whirlwind one at that. It’s been nearly a year since Heather Kiyomi Omori was crowned the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival queen.....
Sen. Hirono at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 14 with Karen Kore- matsu (far right), daughter of World War II internment resister Fred Korematsu and executive director of the Fred T. Korema- tsu Institute, and civil rights attorney Don Tamaki, who served on Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team. Earlier this year, Hirono and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced a resolution commemorating Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.” It denounces any effort to discriminate against an individual based on national origin or religion. (Photo courtesy Office of U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono)

Politics – America’s Child Goes to Bat For the “Dreamers”

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono Wages War with Trump Even As She Battles Cancer Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It is 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon in Honolulu and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono is dashing into her third-floor office in the Prince Kühiö Federal Building as a sound bite of President Donald Trump plays....

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