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 were about to change dramatically. Just after 6 p.m., Yukimura, the fresh-faced, new, liberal mayor of Kaua‘i, was....
Group photo of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone with his parents in 2016.

Lead Story – Preventing “A Cyber Pearl Harbor”

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Gregg Kakesako worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Gannett News Service and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for more than four decades as a government, political and military affairs reporter and assistant city editor. In her working days, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone’s grandmother cooked and cleaned as a live-in maid....
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....
Incumbent Gov. David Ige with supporters former Gov. John Waihee (left) and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim. (Photo courtesy Ige for Governor campaign)video

Lead Story – The Race for Governor

DAVID IGE: WALKING THE TALK Karleen Chinen The “Year of the Dog” began happily for Gov. David Ige. With three years under his belt as Hawai‘i’s chief executive, he was looking forward to launching his campaign for a second term. But his glee quickly turned into a nightmare on the morning of Jan. 13, when....

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...
Bernard Akamine with his wife Jeanette (left), daughter Drusilla Tanaka and son-in-law Stanley Tanaka in September 2011 at the last memorial service he attended honoring AJA veterans. He died the following April. (Photo by Wayne Iha)

Lead Story – The Silent Teachers

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When World War II veteran Bernard S. Akamine died of pancreatic cancer on April 2, 2012, at the age of 89, there was no question what he wanted to happen to his body. For years prior to his death, Akamine, a 100th Infantry Battalion, Company B veteran, had....

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...

“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...
Gen. Paul Nakasone being handed honorary flag as he earns his fourth star

Lead Story – Gen. Paul M. Nakasone Earns His Fourth Star

And Takes Command of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Earlier this month, a grandson of immigrants from Okinawa whose Nisei father served in the Military Intelligence Service in World War II became the fourth American of Japanese ancestry in U.S. military history to be elevated....
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 short story based on a vivid dream that he couldn’t forget. Stern completed the 4,100-word tale in 1943,....

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