Photographer Francis Haar (left) and UH sociologist Andrew Lind at a 1963 exhibition of Haar’s photographs at the University of Hawai‘i. (Courtesy Francis Haar Collection, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library)

Lead Story – “Francis Harr: Disappearing Honolulu”

The Photographer Captured Street Life in Honolulu’s Chinatown As It Began to Disappear Wayne Muromoto Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Memory is a funny thing. It can be selective . . . as my wife often reminds me when I forgot to do a household chore. It can become dramatized into a fable —....

Lead Story – HIFF 39 Features 19-Plus Japanese Films

Anime, Drama, Suspense, Comedy, Documentaries and Much More Karleen Chinen If you wait every year with bated breath to see the lineup of Japanese films in the Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, you will not be disappointed with the selections in HIFF 39. The festival opens in Honolulu on Thursday, Nov. 7, and....
One . . . two . . . three . . . shaka! Mayors Victorino of Maui County and Naoki Edahiro of Fukuyama City flash a shaka, along with Joycelyn Victorino and Fukuyama City Assembly Chair Yoshiyuki Hayakawa (far right).

Lead Story – The Maui County, Japan Friendship

The Friendship Continues to Bloom Under Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Every year in mid-May, the Japanese city of Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture explodes in vibrant colors with rose blooms for as far as the eye can see — and just in time for the celebrated Fukuyama....
Tassho Pearce with the sake-making crew at Dewazakura Sake Brewery in Yamagata. (Photos courtesy Tassho Pearce)

Lead Story – Tassho Pearce’s Second Act

The Rap Veteran Sets His Sights on the Sake Industry Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tassho Pearce has been a household name in Hawai‘i hip-hop circles for more than a decade and a half. But over the last six years, Pearce has quietly been carving out a new reputation in the world of....
Chef Edwin Goto, hamming it up a bit while receiving a hyperbaric treatment at Healthways in Waimea. (Photo courtesy Goto/Centeio familie

Lead Story – Kokua for Chef Edwin Goto

Waimea Chef Edwin Goto Has Always Helped Others; Now He Needs Our Help Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A few months ago, I shared a story about three Hawai‘i Island “community spirits” in The Hawai‘i Herald’s Big Island issue (July 5, 2019). One of the people profiled in the story, Chef Edwin Goto,....
The Kosei Gakuen Lotus team huddles

Lead Story – Friendship Through Football

Japan High School Champs Kosei Gakuen Train in Hawai‘i Jill Kuramoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “East!” and “Green!” are some of the plays being called from the sidelines at a recent scrimmage at McKinley High School. But while the game of football is being played American-style on the field, the visiting team in the....
The Nakasone ‘ohana’s 35th and final reunion was held July 6 at the Wahiawa Hongwanji social hall. It brought out 132 family members, plus friends and extended ‘ohana. The Nakasone family, which is still largely home-based in Central O‘ahu, is now five generations strong in Hawai‘i. (Photo by Steve Nohara)

Lead Story – From Yaaninju to Ohana

Why Family Reunions Matter Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I meet people from Wahiawä for the first time, they usually ask me whether I’m related to so-and-so Nakasone. My answer is usually yes, because virtually all of the Nakasones in Wahiawä are related. Believe me, there’s a lot of us! Longtime Wahiawä....
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa shared a batch of nattö he had prepared 10 days earlier with his Hawai‘i nattö lecture audience. (Photos by Jackie Kojima)

Lead Story – Let’s Talk Natto

The Fermented Soybean Has a Fan Club in Hawai‘i! Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Eien Hunter-Ishikawa begins each morning with a cup of hot home-roasted coffee, two pieces of homemade toast drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a most unlikely topping: a heaping scoop of freshly made nattō — yes, those pungent....
Inoue’s presentation, “2019: The Year of Movement,” was held at the Honolulu Club this past February. The attendees listened intently to prepare for the rapidly changing world, as explained by Inoue.

Lead Story – Life-Guide Alice Inoue’s Midyear Update

A Year for “Safe Risk-Taking” Jodie Chiemi Ching It’s already the middle of 2019! Here at The Hawai‘i Herald, time is flying by so quickly. So much has happened in the local Japanese American community: Hawai‘i was treated to an unforgettable kabuki performance from Japan; the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the Hawaii United....
Jane Heit has a busy summer ahead, attending nearly all of the Big Island’s bon dances. She’s also squeezing in a quick trip to Japan in August to take in several summer festivals.

Lead Story – The Big Island Bon Dance Queen

Jane Heit and Tsukikage Odorikai are Helping to Re-energize Big Island Bon Dances Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A persistent rain dampened the start of the bon dance at the Honomu Henjoji temple on June 15 — and no amount of prayerful looks at the darkening sky would make it go away. Led....

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