From Kaimuki Middle to Carnegie Hall

Wow, I can’t believe that we are here.”Those were Susan Ochi Onishi’s thoughts as she stepped onto the podium of America’s premier concert venue, Carnegie Hall, in New York City this past March. As the sounds...
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....
Rimi Natsukawa of her concert last year in Hawai‘i: “At that time, the feeling of Hawai‘i was so welcoming, I strongly felt that I would like to come back again. Then came an opportunity to sing at the Okinawan Festival!” (Photo by Jon Itomura)

Lead Story – Rimi Natsukawa to Headline Okinawan Festival

The Okinawan Songbird’s Performance Set for Sunday, Sept. 3 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Japanese characters for Rimi Natsukawa’s family name mean “summer river.” How else could you describe the pure and magical flow of Natsukawa’s voice? The songbird whose recording of “Nada Sousou,” the signature tune from the heartbreaking 2006....
Jodie Ching practices with Chikako Shimamura-Sensei. (Photo by June Uyeunten)

Lead Story – My Yushu-Sho Journey

Mission Accomplished, Thanks to My Big Village Jodie Chiemi Ching It was about a year ago that I decided to take on the challenge of earning my Yüshü-shö certification in classical Okinawan uta-sanshin, the art of singing and playing the three-stringed sanshin instrument simultaneously. Yüshü-shö is the second of three major certifications — Shinjin-shö being....
Photo of Dr. Fujio Matsuda

Lead Story – Japanese Eyes, Hawaiian Heart

“We are a Model of What America Can Become,” Former UH President Fujio Matsuda Tells Young Vision Crafters Dr. Fujio Matsuda Published with Permission Editor’s note: What does the future hold for Hawai‘i? Is it a future...

In Search Of Grandfather’s Spirit

James Dote Special to The Hawaii Herald Eight years ago, our son Ryan had an ancestral epiphany while exchanging university graduation wishes among his friends. On a social media site, each shared their one wish for...

Mission Possible

Dr. James C. McNaughton Published with Permission Editor’s note: One of the highlights of the Military Intelligence Service Veterans National Reunion, held March 27 and 28 in Honolulu, was the grand opening of the “America’s Secret...

“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...
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....
Members of the B Company, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd RCT Reenactment Group were all smiles and shakas as they gathered for a group photo with MIS veteran Glen Arakaki (center wearing baseball cap) and Lawrence Enomoto (behind Arakaki, wearing garrison cap). (Photos courtesy Ann Kabasawa and Clyde Sugimoto)

Lead Story – Aloha Sakura Trees of Friendship

A Living Legacy of Nisei Soldiers in Maizuru Lawrence M.G. Enomoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Sixty-eight years ago, a Nisei soldier from Hawai‘i arranged for the planting of 100 cherry tree saplings on a hill overlooking the war-torn Japanese port town of Maizuru in Kyöto Prefecture. As the trees began to blossom in their....

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