Collage photo of Winnie (Kapiolani Hospital's facility dog) and 2-yr-old, Katy, and Dr. Wade Kyono and 15-yr-old Luke, and 8-yr-old Tavin playing with Winnie

Lead Story – Living Legacies

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was not supposed to be this way. After only three years, Randy Wada was on track to graduate from Northwestern University and begin dental school in the fall of 1978. In his final undergraduate semester, he took a random course in molecular biology and cancer to fill....

A Rodízio Odyssey

Joe Udell Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon and, as I look around the aisles of the Shell gas station convenience store, I realize how hungry I am. There’s no shortage...
Photo of owners and husband and wife, Betty and Calvin Shibuya

Cover Story – Happy 100th, Komoda Store & Bakery! The Makawao Institution is Still...

Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald  T. Komoda Store & Bakery in the Upcountry Maui town of Makawao is celebrating the kind of milestone family-run mom-and-pop businesses rarely achieve: its centennial. Yes, 100 years in business....

Ken Inouye Remembers

By: Averie’ Soto | Special to The Hawai‘i Herald | This past May, the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa released the concept designs for the planned Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. The center, to be housed on the university’s Mänoa campus, will honor a man known as a decorated World War II hero....
Group photo of (from left) Bishop Eric Matsumoto (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii), Bishop Gensho Hara (Jodo Mission of Hawaii), newly installed Bishop Clark Watanabe and Bishop Kenjun Kawawata (Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii)

Lead Story – Journey of the Honomu-based Shingon Bishop

Unlocking the Secrets of Esoteric Buddhism Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On Feb. 25, the Rev. Clark Watanabe was installed as the 13th bishop of the statewide Köyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii in a ceremony at Honomu Henjöji Mission on Hawai‘i island. The unlikely path that led the local boy to this milestone....

Sanshin? ‘Ukulele? Sanlele!

By Grant "Sandaa" Murata, Special to The Hawai'i Herald Okinawan music has enjoyed an unbelievable surge in popularity over the past 30 years. I think it’s the result of many factors — growing interest in...

“Under The Blood Red Sun”

Karleen C. Chinen How do we keep Hawai‘i’s World War II story alive so that its lessons continue to resonate for generations to come? It’s a tough question that anyone involved in passing on history...

Cover Story – Meeting Mitsuru Shimabukuro, Hawai‘i Senator’s Past Launches New Mission in Japan

Glenn Wakai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I entered this world as Mitsuru Shimabukuro. My mom, originally from Okinawa, gave birth to me in Tökyö when she was 16 years old. As a child herself, she was...
Photo of Ishikawa grandsons attended July book launch of their grandmother's, Barbara Kawakami, story.

Cover Story – “Picture Bride Stories” Historian Barbara Kawakami’s Long-Awaited Book is a Treasure

Karleen C. Chinen Thirty. “Thirty” is a number that comes up often in conversations about Barbara F. Kawakami’s long-awaited book, “Picture Bride Stories.” That is how long the methodical Kawakami has been working on this...

Confessions Of A Sanshin Sensei

Grant “Sandaa” Murata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I first began learning Ryükyü uta/sanshin with Henry Masatada Higa-Sensei, I studied with many Uchinanchu Issei. Today, I realize how blessed I was to have had that...

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