The Nonaka family in 1987. Front row, from left: Takao, Chiyoko, Takano, Fujiko, Hideo. Back row: Masatoshi, Yukie, Iwao, Norman, Tamiko, Frank, Pearl, Helen, Charles, Clara. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Kurokawa)

Lead Story – Lawai International Center’s History of Healing

Grandma Nonaka’s Legacy Still Lives Carolyn Morinishi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Kyö wa Odaisan yo. Pau kaukau, we go.” Takano Nonaka of Hanapëpë, Kaua’i, or Baban as her grandchildren affectionately called her, was as committed to spirituality as she was to her family. Every month during the 1960s, she would call to her grandchildren....
Students greet their sensei at beginning of class. From left: Ai vanDeventer, Aya Okimoto, Yuu vanDeventer, Jamelyn Tomori, Cora Saito, and Kenjiro Otake.

Lead Story – Chado, the Next Generation

Young Students Learn to Be Mindful In A Fast-Moving World Jodie Chiemi Ching The tradition of Chadö, or the Way of Tea, is a practice of cultivating harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. These are universal principles that can help ease some of the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last fall, I visited a children’s....
Hiroaki Hara (left), originally from Okinawa and now studying at the University of Hawai‘i, shared his perspective with Emily and Kehaulani. They are students of Kathy Shigemura (right) who teaches media at Kalaheo High School. (Photos by Dan Nakasone)

Lead Story – History Can Give Us Hope

Kalaheo High School Students Make a Documentary About the Post-Battle of Okinawa Relief Effort Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “History can teach us to have hope,” said Kalaheo High School senior, Kehaulani Bringas. “Given the way things are today, this story gives me hope,” agreed Emily Casey, also a senior at Kalaheo. They....
Paul hustles for the New England Patriots.

Lead Story – Through Life’s Twists and Turns

From Leilehua Mules to the NFL to Breast Cancer Survivor, Paul Dombroski Proves a Champ Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I remember it so clearly. It was a Sunday morning and the NFL Oakland Raiders were playing the New England Patriots. Dad and I were glued to the television set because Paul Dombroski....
Ala Wai Elementary preschoolers throwing their Genki Balls into the Ala Wai Canal.

Lead Story – Yucky Ala Wai .. To Genki Ala Wai?

How Hawai‘i Keiki Hope to Transform the Polluted Ala Wai Into Their Future Playground Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It’s a Monday afternoon at Ala Wai Elementary School and Lori Kwee’s fourth grade class is excited. While most 9-year-olds would be in class at this hour, Kwee’s “Golden Leaders” are on an....
“My job is to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” — Hanako Wakatsuki. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

Lead Story – Never Again!!

Minidoka Camp Educator Works to Prevent a Repeat of E.O. 9066 Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Minidoka War Relocation Center opened on Aug. 10, 1942, in the wake of the signing of Executive Order 9066, President Franklin Roosevelt’s surrender to the wave of fear and paranoia that washed over the country after....
Takeo and Shigeko Nakasone picking coffee cherries together

Lead Story – From Field to Cup with Gambare Grit

Japanese Immigrants Helped Put Kona’s Coffee Bean on the Map Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As I listened to Takeo Nakasone’s story, I was struck by a sense of place and time that began on a coffee farm on the western slope of Hualälai on Hawai‘i Island. It is where Takeo grew up....
Forest therapy guide Phyllis Look, founder and owner of Forest Bathing Hawai‘i, at Lyon Arboretum in Mänoa on her 65th birthday. (Photos by Kevin Kawamoto)

Lead Story – Guided Forest Bathing Reveals Nature’s Healing Spirit

GUIDED FOREST BATHING REVEALS NATURE’S HEALING SPIRIT Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to the Hawai‘i Herald My journey to the forest began in the city — at a bus stop at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, to be exact. The No. 5 bus to Mänoa took me farther and farther away from stressed-out Christmas season shoppers....
Kacie says her grandmother’s ties to Hawaiian culture through hula and her ancestral roots in Japan reflect her hybrid culture. (Photo courtesy Kacie Yamamoto)

Lead Story – Through Gosei Eyes

Visit to Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Gallery Prompts Soul-Searching by Herald Intern Kacie Yamamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald While I was growing up in Honolulu, lessons about the lives of the early immigrant plantation laborers were integrated into the curricula of all of my history classes. I remember taking field trips to Hawaii’s....
With his wife Monica by his side, Mayor Derek Kawakami is sworn into office by Kaua‘i Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano. (Photos courtesy County of Kaua‘i)

Lead Story – Mayor Derek Kawakami

A New Generation of Kawakamis is Leading the Garden Island Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Kawakamis are Kaua‘i’s first family of politics. The political and retail power of the Garden Island courses through the Kawakami name. Three members of the clan — Richard, Bertha and Derek — have served in the state House....

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