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...
Group photo of the first Nisei stewardess graduating class: (from left) May Hayashi, Louise Otani, Katherine Shiroma, Jane Toda, Ruby Mizuno, Masako Tagawa and Cynthia Tsujiuchi.

Lead Story – Pioneers in the Sky

Former Flight Attendant Remembers Pan Am’s First AJA “Stewardesses” Betty S. Santoki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was a party Juan Trippe’s employees at Pan American World Airways would never forget. “We are going around the world,” proclaimed Trippe, Pan Am’s founder, at the company’s Christmas party in December 1928. Trippe’s employees knew him....

“Mighty Men of Valor”

Editor’s note: The U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy faced each other on June 22 — but the venue was not a football field. Rather, it was the Pömaika‘i Ballroom at the Dole Cannery....

Gen’s Home Sweet Home

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald If you wander along the backroads of Wai‘anae Valley, there is an unpaved country lane that will take you to a quiet farm that is always filled with the...
Janice Suetomi (seated, fourth from left, holding floral bouquet) was the guest of honor at a family reunion in Okinawa.

Lead Story – Himeyuri Survivor Janice Suetomi

Living to Tell the Story of War and the Importance of Life and Peace Jodie Chiemi Ching On June 23 in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, people will pause to remember those who died in a bloody battle that lasted only three months, but took over 200,000 lives. “Irei no Hi,” as it is referred....
Honda Food Processing products range from kim chee varieties to ogo namasu to takuan and more.

Lead Story – The True Grit Honda Foods Story

From Farm to ’Fridge, Naoki and Rose Honda are Keeping Tsukemono Culture Alive Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tsukemono just might be one of the most underrated components in Japanese cuisine. Many local folks have grown up with that simple side dish of pickled veggies that provides a refreshing crunch and palate-cleansing sparkle....
Photo of Consul General Misawa offers a prayer in memory of the World War II Nisei soldiers at last September’s Joint Memorial Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. (Photos courtesy Ann Kabasawa)

Lead Story – Conversations with my Father

Hawai‘i’s Consul General of Japan Shares Memories of His Father with MIS Veterans Yasushi Misawa Published with Permission Editor’s note: Since his posting in Hawai‘i in mid-2015 as Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Yasushi Misawa has delivered dozens of greetings and remarks, even kampai toasts, and been involved in countless ceremonial presentations around town.....

Lead 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 in no position to care for me. Reluctantly, she left me in the care of an orphanage, hoping....

The Nisei Soldiers – Through Their Grandchildren’s Eyes

Editor’s note: The following is an edited transcript of a “talk story” session among four yonsei whose grandfathers served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II. Last October, they joined their...

Lead Story – The Race for Governor

On Aug. 11, Hawai‘i voters will decide who will advance to the general election in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor. On the Republican side, polls show state Rep. Andria Tupola leading former state senator John Carroll and former Marine and Hawai‘i Department of Education administrator Ray L’Heureux. But the race being watched....

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