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....
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....
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....
Governor David Ige getting sworn in for his 2nd term as Hawaii's Governor

Lead Story – David Ige Begins Second Term as Hawaii’s Governor

Gov. David Y. Ige (Photos by Jodie Chiemi Ching) Good morning and aloha. First, I would like to thank the people of Hawai‘i for electing me to another term as your governor. I find myself eager and excited about the prospect of tackling all that is before us. And I look forward to working with....
Journalist and community activist Gary T. Kubota spent three years conducting oral history interviews with over 30 people who were arrested or involved in protesting the 1971 eviction of residents in Kalama Valley for the book, “Hawaii Stories of Change.” The incident is described as the defining moment in the Hawaiian Renaissance. The protests were organized by Kokua Hawaii, a group of community activists. (Photo by Gregg K. Kakesako)

“Hawaii Stories of Change”

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Nearly half a century ago, 32 people were arrested while protesting the mass eviction of Kalama Valley residents, including farmers and native Hawaiians, by landowner Bishop Estate to pave the way for suburban development in East O‘ahu. Among those arrested was community and anti-Vietnam War activist —....
Cover of November 2, 2018 Hawaii Herald Issue, '38th Hawaii International Film Festival'

Lead Story – HIFF 38 Is Coming to Town!

November is the month film lovers in Hawai‘i look forward to with great anticipation. That’s because the curtain will rise once again on the Hawaii International Film Festival. It’s an opportunity to take in films that bridge East and West and the rest of the world through cinematic storytelling. HIFF 38 — the Hawaii International....
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,....

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