Lead Story – Paul Yempuku: “The Last Samurai” Passes

Remembering the Man Who Lived and Breathed Hawaii Hochi Karleen Chinen Paul Yempuku was the last samurai. At least that’s what I came to conclude over the years. The word “cannot” had no place in his vocabulary. At times, that made it hard to work with him. He could be so pa‘akikï (hardheaded), and even....
Jeff Morita with 100th Battalion veteran Tsuyoshi Thomas Nikaido, who received his Legion of Honor medal this past March. (Photo by Karleen Chinen)

Lead Story – The French Still Say “Okagesamade”

Seventy-five Years After Liberation, the French Remain Grateful Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As Americans pause this Memorial Day to remember fallen military members from the nation’s current and past wars, residents of two small hamlets in northeastern France will be hard at work finalizing their plans to honor the Japanese American....

Lead Story – Arigatou Ojisan!

A Homesick Hawai‘i Student Find a Home Away From Home in Yokohama Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At 86 years of age, Kei Komuro may just be the busiest retiree in Yokohama. Between running his okonomiyaki shop and cooking up the savory Japanese pancake four days a week, swimming laps at a local....
A framed collection of Emperor Akihito’s baby and childhood photos and his parents is part of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s “Okage Sama De” exhibit. (Photo by Kevin Kawamoto)

Lead Story – Emperor Akihito’s Ties to Hawaii Run Long and Deep

As a Young Crown Prince, Akihito Helped America to See the Human Face of Japan Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to the Hawai‘i Herald Enthusiastic waves of aloha greeted Emperor Akihito during each of his official visits to Hawai‘i, beginning in April 1953 when he was just barely an adult and about to embark on a....
Junichi’s Kenritsu Dai’ichi Chugakkou schoolmate, Yoshishige Takaesu, was 88 years old when contributing writer Dan Nakasone met him and learned Junichi’s story in 2015. Takaesu-san is pictured here with Dan showing him Junichi’s name on a memorial wall at Bito Elementary School, where Takaesu-san was a teacher.

Lead Story – Touched By War

Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As a child, I remember seeing a photograph of a young man in what looked like a Japanese uniform next to the butsudan (Buddhist shrine) in my grandparents’ home in Wahiawä, where we lived. When we moved to our own home, the butsudan — and the photograph of....

Lead Story – Recalling Iolani Palace’s Return to Glory

Fifty years ago, all of Hawai‘i state government’s elected big shots — from then-Gov. John Burns and his lieutenant governor, Tom Gill, to state senators and representatives — closed their ‘Iolani Palace offices and walked across what was then Hotel Street to America’s newest state capitol building. As they walked into Hawai‘i’s political and governmental....
Howard and June Nakamoto in a hothouse of orchids. (Photo courtesy Nakamoto family)

Lead Story – Hawaii’s 130-Year Love Affair with Anthuriums

Hawai‘i’s AJA Flower Growers and Florists Have Kept the Industry Thriving Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “An ‘It’ Flower for a Feminist Movement” read the headline of a Nov. 29, 2017, article in the New York Times. The headline was referring to the newest Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign featuring activist-model Adwoa Aboah. In....
Harry Minoru Urata’s internment experience and thoughts are captured in “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawai‘i’s Internees.”

Lead Story – “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawaii’s Internees”

Hawai‘i’s Internment Experience Comes to Life in New JCCH Publication Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Imagine being a young adult in school, learning about American democracy from your teacher, when you are suddenly summoned to the principal’s office and confronted by FBI agents who arrest you on the spot and take you....
Mizuki and her friend pose for a photo with Yomitan’s official mascot, Yomiton.

Lead Story – Seijinshiki, “Coming of Age” in Japan

Where Did the 20 Years Go? Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake From zero to 20! That was....
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....

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