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...
The Haraguchi Rice Mill in Hanalei of one of the many structures devastated by Hurricane ‘Iniki. (Photo courtesy Patsy and Alan Iwasaki)

Lead Story – Remembering the Wrath of Iniki

Twenty-five Years Later, Former Kaua‘i Mayor JoAnn Yukimura Remembers ‘Iniki’s Fury Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On the evening of Sept. 10, 1992, the lives of JoAnn Yukimura and the 50,000 people living on Kaua‘i...

Fifty Years After “Blood Sunday” In Selma

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, two members of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Mark Takai — traveled to Selma, Ala., to participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration of...
From left: Michael Miura, the Rev. Taiken Akiyama and Dwight Ishiguro were among the volunteers. Miura and Ishiguro also spend several days a week cleaning the cemeteries.

Lead Story – Cleaning with Heart

Roy Kodani Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On the last Saturday in May, I stood in the middle of a cemetery of hardened red soil surrounded by dry haole koa trees just a few miles makai...
Barbara Kawakami with her collection of women’s plantation clothing. (Herald archive photo)

Lead Story – Preserving Hawaii’s Plantation History

Virginia Couple Funding Digitization of “Rice and Roses” Programs Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Much of Hawai‘i’s unique plantation history sits in a climate-controlled vault in the library of the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu, waiting...
Photo of issue's cover photo, "Pearl Harbor, From War To Peace"

Lead Story – Fighting Two Wars

Japanese Americans Were Forced to Fight Two Battles in World War II Karleen C. Chinen On this 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, many people are seeking out the newspapers of December 1941 for...

The Singing Priest

  Growing up in the ancient capital city of Kamakura, Takamasa Yamamura was expected to follow tradition and take over his family business, which stretched back 24 generations into Japan’s feudal past. “My father was a...

Gone, But No Longer Forgotten

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For the past 14 years, representatives of the Hawai‘i State Hospital and supporters from the larger community have come together above a peaceful cul-de-sac at Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery in...
Photo of Toshiro Mifune on a movie set

Cover Story – “Mifune: The Last Samurai”

  Filmmaker Steven Okazaki's New Film Highlights the Life and Work of the Masterful Toshiro Mifune Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Toshiro Mifune exploded upon the world stage, delivering an epic performance in Japanese film...

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...

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