Deputy Director of the Dept. of Budget of Finance, Ken Kitamura

Herald Salutes

Gov. David Ige has appointed Ken Kitamura to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance. Kitamura was formerly business management officer for the Department of Human Services. In his new post, he will support Budget and Finance director Laurel Johnston in assuring compliance with the director’s primary roles and responsibilities as....
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Dear Frances – Journeying Along a Steep Cliff

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Omoiyari . . . Think of others first and good karma will return to you. — Frances H. Kakugawa With each new year comes another birthday that moves us closer to the setting sun. I recently read a novel that defies all of our concerns about aging and dying.....
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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....
Drawing featuring Dennis Fujitake as a comic

8•0•8

8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
Libations made with regular spirits (left) and barrel-aged spirits (right). (Photos courtesy Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Sometimes Aging is a Good Thing

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto When I look in the mirror every morning and spot another white hair in my goatee, or notice that the hair atop my head looks a bit thinner, or when I wake up with body aches from unknown causes, I always chalk it up to the unwanted consequences of aging.....
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu executive board take their oath of office: Front row, from left: Sharon Shimabukuro, Roberta Umeno, Bonnie Miyashiro, Sara Nakatsu, Derek Fujio, Jane Kaneshiro and Yoneko Yamashiro Edmonson. Back row, from left: Kazumi Iho, Grace Carmichael, Diane Kawamoto, Kathy Shigemura, Sadayo Tamaki and Sato Shankles.

Community Focus – Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Installs New Officers

Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu installed its new officers at a dinner banquet on Jan. 28 at the Pagoda Restaurant. The Koyo Kai is made up of six Okinawan koto schools on O‘ahu. The organization recognized two koto sensei who recently retired — Diane Hatsuko Kaya-Sensei and Chieko Miyasato-Sensei — and thanked them for....
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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