The 2019 “Living Treasures of Hawai‘i.” Seated from left are Earl Kawa‘a, Gertrude Tsutsumi, John Hara and Jimmy Yagi. Standing behind them are Bishop Eric Matsumoto of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and its president, Pieper Toyama.

Community Focus – Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honors 44th “Living Treasure” Group

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii held its 44th annual Living Treasures of Hawai‘i program on Feb. 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The program recognizes individuals for their sustained contributions to enriching our society. Honored were former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo men’s basketball coach James “Jimmy” Yagi, architect and environmental design pioneer John....
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In Memoriam Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

Retired Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito, only the fourth Japanese American to be promoted to the rank of general in the U.S. military, died Jan. 26 at the age of 90. Ito began his military career in 1951 when he joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard as a field artillery officer. He spent 37 years....
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Community Focus – JCAH to Honor Hirano Store and Yamada Furniture

The East Hawai‘i-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will recognize two longtime businesses at its sixth annual Nikkei Kigyo banquet, set for Friday, May 10, at Nani Mau Gardens. Hirano Store, which was established 1918, and Yamada Furniture, founded in 1929, will be presented JCAH’s 2019 Nikkei Kigyo Award. “We’re proud to recognize both companies....
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Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission Garage Sale Extravaganza

WHO/WHAT: Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission will hold a garage sale fundraiser with sushi, baked goods, pickled vegetables, andagi, nishime, rummage items, hardware, and plants and produce, all for sale. Proceeds benefit the temple. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday,...
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting Applications for 2020 Cultural Grants

Applications are being accepted for Hui O Laulima’s 2020 Cultural Grant program aimed at preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. Since 1984, Hui O Laulima has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations for projects that fulfill its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting Okinawan culture. The grants are awarded....
Last June, then-Prince Akishino (now Crown Prince Akishino) and his wife, Princess Kiko, planted a Coral Shower Tree with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his wife Donna Tanoue at Thomas Square to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono, the first immigrants from Japan. (Photo by Jodie Ching)

The Imperial Trees – Japan’s Royals Leave their Mark in Hawaii with Trees

Japan’s Imperial Family Has Added to Hawai‘i’s Beauty With Trees They Planted Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Two trees stand just a stone’s throw away from each other in the peaceful Japanese garden behind Jefferson Hall on the grounds of the East-West Center. One tree towers over the other, although the much....
James Bilyeu and I show off our poke bowls. James is the son of the late Kalapana vocalist Malani Bilyeu. His girlfriend is from Yomitan. (Photos courtesy Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Home Sweet Okinawa Life

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist ORION BEER’S HEISEI CAN By the time you read this, Japan will have said “Sayonara” to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and the Heisei Era and the country will be three days into the new Emperor Naruhito’s Reiwa Era. I was fortunate to get a few special edition Orion Beer....
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Book cover titled 'No-No Boy' a novel by John Okada

Book Review – The “No-No Boy” Tragedy

John Okada’s Raw Confrontation of a Reality Was Ahead of Its Time Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald John Okada wrote only one novel in his lifetime, but that one book was so original, alive and breathtaking that its impact is still being felt among Asian American writers, artists and filmmakers today. Published in....
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Sidebar – Send Your Aloha to Naruhito and Masako

To mark the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito to Emperor Naruhito and the start of the Reiwa Era on May 1, the official residence of the Consulate General of Japan is open to people wishing to sign a greeting book that will be sent to Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. Greeting books are also available....

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