Singer Karen Keawehawaii sings “Kawa no Nagare no Youni” as the hula halau, Ka Lä ‘Önohi Mai O Ha‘e Ha‘e, dance hula to the song. The hula was choreographed by her daughter Tracie and her husband, Keawe Lopes, both of whom are kumu hula. (Photo courtesy Karen Keawehawai‘i)

Lead Story – Memories of Misora Hibari

And the Power of Hibari’s Classic “Kawa no Nagare no Youni” Jodie Chiemi Ching Hawai‘i’s enthusiasm for Japanese popular music started after World War II. “By 1950, nisei orchestras were flourishing and performing to enthusiastic Japanese American audiences. These orchestras whetted the appetite for Japanese popular entertainment that was cautious at first and grew with....
The late U.S. Rep. Patsy T. Mink (left) and (right) U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono. “The actions of the congresswomen in 1991 and the fierce advocacy of Senator Hirono attest to the transformative significance of electing women who are willing to speak up on behalf of women,” said Mink’s daughter, Wendy.

Politics – History Repeats Itself on Capitol Hill

Richard Borreca Special to the Hawai‘i Herald When a national controversy flared first with the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, and then 27 years later with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the nation’s highest court, Hawai‘i played a role in both debates. In 1991, although she was in the House of....
Book Cover titled 'Bamboo Ridge' Celebrating 40 Years

Spotlight – Bamboo Ridge Turns 40 with a Book and a Bash

SPOTLIGHT BY Karleen Chinen Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawai‘i’s go-to publisher for local literature, is celebrating its Big 4-0 with the release of a new volume of poetry, prose and art — and a birthday bash. First, the party. The “Not Pau Yet Party” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. in....
Bishop Daiya Amano, Dr. Gregg Kinkley, Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson, Rev. Takamasa Yamamura and Mayor Kirk Caldwell came together to ring the Hiroshima Peace Bell.

Community Focus – Anniversary of Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings Commemorated

The 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were commemorated last month with two peace ceremonies on their respective anniversary dates. The bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, was remembered in a ceremony at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. Izumo Taisha Bishop Daiya Amano opened the program with a purification and....
Photo of Lisa Nakandakari, Keith Oshiro, Julia Okamura

Community Focus – HUOA to Honor Eight at Oct. 14 Legacy Award Banquet

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will honor eight individuals for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community and to Okinawa at its Legacy Awards luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The HUOA will honor the late Thomas Taro Higa; Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D.;....
Group photo of 2018 Little League World Champions eating at Agu Ramen

Community Focus – Little League World Champions Feted at Agu Ramen

Hawai‘i’s Little League Baseball World champions were guests of honor at a special dinner at Agu Ramen restaurant at Ala Moana Center on Sept. 24. Agu Ramen owner and president Hisashi Uehara hosted the championship team to congratulate the young champs. The ‘ukulele duo, Heart and Soul, also performed for the champs.
Deputy Consul General Takayuki Shinozawa with scholarship recipients JiaJie He (left) and Yunmi Kim. (Photo courtesy Japanese Consulate)

Herald Salutes

An award presentation ceremony recognizing the 2018 MEXT — Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology — Japanese Studies student (Nihongo Nihonbunka Kenshu Ryugakusei) scholarship recipients was held Aug. 30 at the Japanese Consulate in Nu‘uanu.
Photo of Frances Kakugawa

Dear Frances – Taking Life in Stride .. Breathe In .. Breathe Out

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, At our monthly poetry writing session, Lynda shared the following poem. She is her mother’s caregiver. As she read, we all began laughing. “Oh, you find this funny?!” Lynda asked.  Another caregiver in our group asked her if she was offended by our laughing. “Oh no, I....
Book cover with Samurai, titled 'Musashi' By Eiji Yoshikawa

Literature – The World of Miyamoto Musashi

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1935, Eiji Yoshikawa was a middle-aged journeyman writer who was still searching for his true voice as an artist. Born Hidetsugu Yoshikawa in 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture, he left school at the age of 11 to help support his family after his samurai father’s attempt at business....
In this scene from “A Walking Shadow,” Myles Fukunaga, played by Alaka‘i Cunningham, is comforted by his family, played by Juvy Lucina and Daphnei Hussein. (WCC photo by Orrin Nakanelua)

Theatre – Myles Fukunaga Case Dramatized at Paliku Theatre

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Ninety years after the execution hanging of Myles Fukunaga, a young Japanese American man who killed the son of a Hawaiian Trust Company executive, the story continues to resonate among Hawai‘i residents who have learned about the case and questioned the judicial system’s rush to judgment of an....

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