“Thank You,” Eric Shinseki

Editor’s note: The resignation in late May of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki left many in Hawai‘i with uneasy feelings. Like Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka, the first American astronaut of Japanese...

Pāhoa Braces for Pele’s Arrival

By Frances H. Kakugawa Special to The Hawai‘i Herald History is repeating itself in the small, rural village of Pähoa, where I grew up on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Fifty-four years ago, another village in the...
Cover Photo for Feb. 3rd's Issue - of Ken Saiki (Saeki) visiting his dad's Furusato

Lead Story – Journey To My Furusato With Dad

A Missed Opportunity Inspires A Commitment to Help Others Touch Their  Ancestral Homeland Ken Saiki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I called my daughter at work and told her the good news: My father had heard that we...

Willie Goo’s (Guardian Angel) Fog

Editor’s note: On this day, June 5, exactly 73 years ago, the all-Japanese American Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion sailed out of Honolulu Harbor aboard the SS Maui. This was just six months after Japan’s...
Shimaya Shoten was located on River Street from 1917 until 1962.Shimaya Shoten was located on River Street from 1917 until 1962.

Lead Story – Shimaya Shoten Turns 100

Exemplary Service Keeps Loyal Customers Coming Back Gwen Battad Ishikawa Long before the arrival in Hawai‘i of Costco and Sam’s Club, Shimaya Shoten was the place to go for food that could be purchased in bulk,...
A scene from Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.” (Courtesy photo)

Lead Story – Reflecting on “Its a Wonderful Life”

The “Christmas Classic” Has Meaning All Year Long Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In November of 1939, the American author, editor and Civil War historian Philip Van Doren Stern sat down to write an original...

Hilo Lunch Shop Is Comfort Food Central

Corey Masao Johnson Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The first scratch of dawn has yet to mark the sky. Wiping away tired eyes, I cut the car engine a few steps away from the entrance to...
Cover photo of 12/16 issue, a little girl enjoying Kauai's Flying Saucers

Lead Story – Flying Saucers Invade Kaua‘i

Gerald Hirata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the last few years, there have been published reports of Flying Saucer sightings on Kaua‘i. But the community here doesn’t seem to be at all concerned. In fact,...

Honouliuli Designated A National Historic Monument

Karleen C. Chinen Seventeen years ago, a phone call from a Honolulu television reporter was routed to Jane Kurahara, a retired librarian who was volunteering in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Resource Center. “Where is...

SHINGON SHU HAWAI‘I SAILING ITS OWN CANOE

Photo Courtesy: OnlyInHawaii.org In 2004, an historic event took place when the Shingon temple on Sheridan Street in Honolulu broke away from its denominational headquarters in Japan and became independent. It was the first time...

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