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Plantation-Themed Plays To Be Staged at Hawaii’s Plantation Village

WHO/WHAT: The Leeward Theatre will present three newly commissioned plays as part of its children’s theatre season. “Plantation Plays” will feature works by local playwrights Kiki, Courtney Takabayashi and Kirstyn Trombetta. Ashley DeMoville, a...
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“An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten” Book Launch Party

WHO/WHAT: The long-awaited release of “An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten,” written by Suikei Furuya and translated by Tatsumi Hayashi, will be released by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The book chronicles Furuya’s World...
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Lead Story – America The Beautiful, Hiking The John Muir Trail

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Stretching out along the spine of the Sierra Nevadas, the John Muir Trail unwinds like a languorous serpent sunning itself on a lazy afternoon. Those who have completed its entire length have navigated a narrow, winding dreamscape that roller coasters over 14,000-foot mountain peaks only to tumble into....
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Dialogue – Keep Paying It Forward

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen I was planning to write about the passings late last year of two people whose lives had touched so many, but I decided to save that for another Dialogue for a subject more pressing. Yesterday, I asked Keiri Kanbayashi — whose journey through the John Muir Trail contributing writer Alan Suemori....
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From The Mailbag

Dear editor, I struggle to understand how David Ellis can justify his insulting comments to Hawaii and the daughter of a Nisei veteran.  He claims we haven’t known war even with recent news associated with the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. He condones and supports the irresponsible Trump charlatan bait-and-switch tactics of....
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Community Focus – 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants Introduced

The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival was officially launched on Jan. 8, with the 15 queen contestants introduced at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Kokoro, the Japanese word for heart, mind and spirit, is the theme for this year’s festival. “Kokoro embodies the spirit of the Cherry Blossom Festival....
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Craig Gima has joined AARP Hawaii as communications director. Gima is an award-winning multimedia journalist with more than 30 years of print, television and online experience, most recently with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also previously worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and in the news departments of KHON-TV in Honolulu and television stations in San Francisco....
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Community – A Whole New World

Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community has come a long way since 1903 when Soto Zen priests first arrived in the Islands to provide spiritual support to the immigrants working under harsh conditions on the sugar plantations. When World War....
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Children’s Book – “Peekaboo The Poi Dog”

CHILDREN'S BOOK BY Gwen Battad Ishikawa New Children’s Book Follows the Whimsical Adventures of a Playful Puppy “Peekaboo the Poi Dog” Island Heritage Hardcover, 32 pages, $13.95 Island Heritage Publishing’s newest book, “Peekaboo the Poi Dog,” is a story about the creative adventures of a little puppy that spends a rainy day lost in her....

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