JANM staff, sheltering in place in their own homes, perform “All By Myself” in a finale for the gala. (Photos courtesy of JANM).

Community – JANHM Holds an Unprecendented Virtual Gala

Gwen Muranaka Courtesy: Rafu Shimpo The Japanese American National Museum took a “leap” into the virtual world on April 18, live-streaming its annual gala to homes in lieu of the black-tie event that was to be held that night. In a mix of pretaped and live segments, the show went on, with speeches, music and....
The Hawai‘i Gagaku Society held its concert on Feb. 8 at the Daijingu Temple of Hawai‘i under a full moon. Member David Shinsato told the Herald, “Our sensei (Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto, not pictured) passed away a week after the concert on Feb. 14, so this was the last concert that he was able to attend.”

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Mega garlic noodles from Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ at Windward Mall. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Still Stayin at Home

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist We are now in the second month of the government’s mandated “stay-at-home, work-at-home” order and that 30th bowl of Sapporo Ichiban and fried Spam just aren’t cutting it anymore. So, I have been expanding my list of restaurants that offer take-out options. Over the past month, we have been doing....
With his wife Monica by his side, Mayor Derek Kawakami is sworn into office by Kaua‘i Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano. (Photos courtesy County of Kaua‘i)

Lead Story – Mayor Derek Kawakami

A New Generation of Kawakamis is Leading the Garden Island Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Kawakamis are Kaua‘i’s first family of politics. The political and retail power of the Garden Island courses through the Kawakami name. Three members of the clan — Richard, Bertha and Derek — have served in the state House....
HIHO volunteers work on a group project for Kokua Kalihi Valley, moving a tree log in Kalihi Valley. (Photos courtesy HIHO)

Community – Happy 10th Anniversary , Hiho!

“Hands In Helping Out” is Helping to Build a Kinder, More Giving Community Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When December rolls around, most kids get to work on their Christmas wish list, hoping for the newest gadgets and toys. Adults, smitten by holiday sales, rush to the malls to shop till they drop.....
Lloyd Miyashiro-Sensei stands under the kanji for ki (life energy) in the Kapa‘a döjö. (Aikidö photos by Carolyn Morinishi)

Community – Lloyd Miyashiro is Living His “KiI”

Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald We drove past the old gate and continued on to a narrow dirt road that led to a small, grassy clearing. At the far end of the field stood a small termite-worn building. Although we were in the Wailua area of Kaua‘i in 2019, it felt like we....
Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Food Bank, along side a young girl, storing bags of food on a flat bed

Lead Story – ” … My Turn to Give Back”

Hawaii Foodbank President Ron Mizutani Comes Full Circle Jodie Chiemi Ching This past April’s devastating floods forced residents of Kaua‘i’s North Shore to once again muster their inner strength and power through the crisis. It was almost a repeat of September 1992, when Hurricane ‘Iniki, a category 4 storm, came ashore on the Garden Island,....
Councilman Derek Kawakami (left), County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo are in the final weeks of campaigning to succeed termed-out Mayor Bernard Carvalho as chief executive of Kaua‘i County.

Kauai Mayor’s Race – Kauai Set For New Leadership

Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Two Garden Island political heavyweights, County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo and Councilman Derek Kawakami, are in the final weeks of campaigning to succeed termed-out Mayor Bernard Carvalho as chief executive of Kaua‘i County, which also includes the privately owned island of Ni‘ihau. Voters will decide in the Nov.....
The Haraguchi Rice Mill in Hanalei of one of the many structures devastated by Hurricane ‘Iniki. (Photo courtesy Patsy and Alan Iwasaki)

Lead Story – Remembering the Wrath of Iniki

Twenty-five Years Later, Former Kaua‘i Mayor JoAnn Yukimura Remembers ‘Iniki’s Fury Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On the evening of Sept. 10, 1992, the lives of JoAnn Yukimura and the 50,000 people living on Kaua‘i were about to change dramatically. Just after 6 p.m., Yukimura, the fresh-faced, new, liberal mayor of Kaua‘i, was....
Allison Yanagi-Sensei (right) plays sanshin while her student Yukiko Pierce practices kücho during a recent lesson. (Photos courtesy Allison Yanagi)

Culture – “Aloha Den-On” To Debut New Ryukyuan Music School

Nomura Ryü Dentö Ongaku Kyökai Okinawa to Join Hawai‘i Concert Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to the Hawai‘i Herald More than 20 years ago, Bokuzen Kaneshiro presented his precious sanshin to his yonsei granddaughter, Allison Ya- nagi. It marked the beginning of her lifelong commitment to Okinawan performing arts. Today, Allison Yanagi — now Allison Yanagi-Sensei....

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