Mildred and Tom Kobashikawa, pictured here with her siblings and their spouses, enjoyed 67 years of marriage, until he passed in 2006. From left: sister Ethel and Harold Isa, sister-in-law Yoshiko and brother Ted Oshiro, Mildred and Tom Kobashikawa, sister Nora and Kenneth Chibana, and sister Patsy and Harold Afuso. (Photo courtesy Karen Fuse)

Lead Story – Mildred Kobashikawa’s Good, Long Life

Centenarian Mildred Kobashikawa Maintains a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At 100 years old — 101, next month — Mildred Kobashikawa is an active older adult who enjoys cooking, taking care of her home and garden and spending time with her family. On the day of our interview....
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,....
A portrait of Queen Lili‘uokalani, adorned with strands of crown flower, her majesty’s favorite blossom, rests on an easel at the front of the temple as Honpa Hongwanji ministers chant. (Photos by Kristen Nemoto Jay)

Lead Story – Queen Lili‘uokalani Honored at Honpa Hongwanji

The Queen’s May 1901 Visit to Hongwanji Temple is Remembered and Celebrated Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This past Nov. 11 marked 100 years since the passing of Hawai‘i’s last reigning monarch, the beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani. The anniversary of her passing and the legacy she left in stories, her music, and in....
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....
Shimaya Shoten was located on River Street from 1917 until 1962.Shimaya Shoten was located on River Street from 1917 until 1962.

Lead Story – Shimaya Shoten Turns 100

Exemplary Service Keeps Loyal Customers Coming Back Gwen Battad Ishikawa Long before the arrival in Hawai‘i of Costco and Sam’s Club, Shimaya Shoten was the place to go for food that could be purchased in bulk, especially ethnic fare. My grandmother used to sell food at community events, so she made one or two trips....
Gov. David Ige with the 100th Battalion veterans (from left): Akiyoshi Kuriyama, Masaharu Saito, Gov. Ige, Kazuto Shimizu, Jack Nakamura, Thomas Nikaido and Sonsei Nakamura. Gov. Ige’s father, Tokio Ige, served in the 100th Battalion.

Lead Story – 100th Battalion Helped to Transform America

Dr. Mitch Maki: “Because of You, Our Nation is What It is Today” Editor’s note: The following is the text of Dr. Mitchell Maki’s speech to the veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and their families and friends at the One Puka Puka’s 75th anniversary banquet. The gathering, which was attended by seven 100th Battalion....
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....
Then-state Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson and Rep. Scott Saiki on opening day of the 2013 legislative session. Takai and Saiki were both elected to the state House in 1994. In 2014, Takai ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won, taking office in January 2015. He died of cancer in July 2016. (Courtesy: Office of Rep. Scott Saiki)

Lead Story – The New Mr. Speaker . . .

Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For the past quarter of a century, only two men have controlled the House of Representatives in Hawai‘i. Maui Democratic Rep. Joe Souki was Speaker of the House from 1993 until 1999, when he was ousted by Pälolo Democratic Rep. Calvin Say. Then in 2013, Souki put together....
Photo of Kalä Baybayan Tanaka, leading her crew

Lead Story – Kala Baybayan Tanaka, Following the Path of Her Ancestors

Colleen Uechi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The wind was gusting fiercely as Kalä Baybayan Tanaka hunched behind the communications box to do an interview at sea. It was May 31, a sunny Wednesday afternoon, and Tanaka was sailing homeward through the South Pacific with the crew of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Höküle‘a. The canoe....
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 Summertime in Japan is synonymous with Obon, the time of the year when the spirits of deceased family members, ancestors and other loved ones return to the world of the living. In Japan, millions of Japanese are on the move during the summer months, returning to their ancestral....

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