Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....
The 2018 Chrysanthemum Festival Court and their escorts: (from left) Princess Jolee Tanaka and Dylan Tajima, Princess Lannie Hisashima and Rielyn Domingo, Queen Erin Tanaka and Bryson Uchima, Princess Kayleen Lau and Kayden Lanakila Choda-Kowalski, and Princess Kara Nakahashi and Xaden Nishimitsu. (Photo by Nagamine Photo Studio)

2018 Chrysanthemum Festival Queen Crowned

Erin Tanaka, a 15-year-old sophomore at Seabury Hall, was crowned queen of the 66th Chrysanthemum Festival last Dec. 8 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Tanaka is the daughter of Lori and Kirk Tanaka of Wailuku. Selected as princesses were: • Lannie Hisashima, 16, of Ha‘ikü, a junior at King Kekaulike High....
David Newell and Fred Rogers in a scene from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” (Credit: Lynn Johnson)

Preview “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

Remembering Mister Rogers’ Timeless Gift to Children Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Ignore all the elements that make good television and you have ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’” a critic once declared. Debuting in 1968 in the middle of the Vietnam War, the groundbreaking children’s show featured rudimentary camerawork and an unabashedly sentimental message —....
Setsuko Morinoue’s ceramics are of a practical nature, designed for every day use. (Photos courtesy Fishcake)

Art Review “Big Fish, Little Fish”

A Cozy Little Art Show by Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald There’s a fine little shop/art gallery in an awful location for parking on Kamani Street, just off of Ward Avenue. It’s called Fishcake, and it’s where you will find Hawai‘i Island artists Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue’s art....
The “Family Ingredients” crew with Chef Jiro Ono outside his Tökyö restaurant: Kneeling, from left: Chef Ed Kenney, producer Dan Nakasone, cinematographer Todd Fink, director Ty Sanga and Chef Alan Wong. Back row, from left: director of photography Renea Veneri Stewart, executive producer Heather Giugni, Jiro’s apprentices in whites with chefs Jiro-san and Yoshikazu-san (fifth and sixth from left), Japan coordinator Nancy Singleton Hachisu and Leigh Ito, vice president, Alan Wong’s Restaurants. Missing from photo: sound engineer John Saimo. (Photos courtesy Dan Nakasone)

Lead Story – Living Food Memories

Behind the Scenes of the Award-winning "Family Ingredients" Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald They migrated to Hawai‘i from all corners of the world. They bid farewell to family, friends and the place they called home, knowing they might never return. To describe this upheaval as unsettling is a gross understatement. But the cultural....
Photo of Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and Marian Kurosaki Kubota

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Drawing by Chloe Machida for Year of the Boar Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome to the “Year of the Boar” (part I)

The artwork on the next three pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of Japanese. It is a statewide competition for students learning Japanese language and is open to elementary, middle, high school and college students whose teachers are HATJ....
Porchetta di testa. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – In Praise of Porcine

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist The Japanese celebrated the “Year of the Boar” earlier this week. In a little over a month, however, the rest of Asia will celebrate the “Year of the Pig.” So, to be all-inclusive, let’s just say that 2019 is the “Year of the Porcine.” No matter that they are the....
Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shöken, are featured in this print by Hashimoto Chikanobu (1838-1912). It commemorates the first time a Japanese emperor attended a kabuki play and was publicized in order to help resuscitate the art of kabuki, which, along with other traditional arts, was dying due to rapid Westernization. (Courtesy Honolulu Museum of Arts, Anonymous gift)

Art Review – Changing Times

Exhibit Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Hawai‘i Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the “I Ching,” there is a popular canard, or myth: In crisis or change, there is opportunity. This is based on a false and superficial reading of the Chinese characters, or hanji (in Japanese:....
Rick Hoo creates a kadomatsu using mosotake, or green bamboo. (Photos courtesy of Kuhio Lions Club of Honolulu)

Lead Story – Kadomatsu and Cultural Identity

S. Sanae (Imada) Tokumura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Got kadomatsu, or kadomatsu plans? If not, there’s still time to gather the essential pine boughs and other symbolic elements to create Hawai‘i’s essential New Year’s decoration. Kadomatsu, literally “gate pine,” is originally a Shintö practice, but placing kadomatsu outside homes and/or businesses is largely no....

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