The Gannenmono descendants during the “Talk Story” session. They were (from left): Carol Kondo, yonsei descendant of Bunkichi Murata; Ruth Izawa, sansei descendant of Yonekichi Sakuma; Haunani Jo-quin, fifth-generation descendant of Sentarö Ishii; Keone Cook, yonsei descendant, and Cathy West Dale, fifth-generation descendant of Matsugorö Kuwata (nicknamed “‘Umi‘umi-matsu” — ‘umi‘umi is Hawaiian language for beard, whiskers); and Gwen Sanchez, yonsei descendant, and Lily Kahele-lani Lyons, fifth-generation descendant of Tokujiro Sato.

Lead Story – Gannenmono Perspectives

The Gannenmono’s Legacy is Considered 150 Years After Their Arrival Jodie Chiemi Ching Insight into the history of one of Hawai‘i’s most visible ethnic groups — the Japanese — took a giant step forward last week with the events commemorating 150 years since the first group of immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i from Japan. The approximately....
Janice Suetomi (seated, fourth from left, holding floral bouquet) was the guest of honor at a family reunion in Okinawa.

Lead Story – Himeyuri Survivor Janice Suetomi

Living to Tell the Story of War and the Importance of Life and Peace Jodie Chiemi Ching On June 23 in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, people will pause to remember those who died in a bloody battle that lasted only three months, but took over 200,000 lives. “Irei no Hi,” as it is referred....
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....
Honda Food Processing products range from kim chee varieties to ogo namasu to takuan and more.

Lead Story – The True Grit Honda Foods Story

From Farm to ’Fridge, Naoki and Rose Honda are Keeping Tsukemono Culture Alive Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tsukemono just might be one of the most underrated components in Japanese cuisine. Many local folks have grown up with that simple side dish of pickled veggies that provides a refreshing crunch and palate-cleansing sparkle....
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....
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 to be saved. The 12 pallets of videotapes — more than 3,000 cassette tapes — representing the archives....
Young Shigeo “Robert” Muroda. (Photos courtesy of the Muroda family)

Lead Story – In Their Own Words

Issei, Nisei and Kibei Share Their Stories of Being Interned in Hawai‘i During World War II Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This month marks 75 years since Honouliuli, the largest and longest-operating internment camp in Hawai‘i, opened during World War II. It opened in March of 1943 in a deep gulch off Kunia....
“We must rethink how we defend ourselves from the increasingly sophisticated and capable enemy cyber advances.” — Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone in a July 2016 panel hosted by the Association of the United States Army.

Lead Story – Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone Nominated For Fourth Star

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, whose paternal grandmother immigrated to Hawai‘i as a picture bride and whose father witnessed the start of America’s war with Japan from the kitchen window of his family’s Wahiawä home and went on to serve in the predominantly Nisei Military Intelligence Service....
Photo of former Hawaii Governor, George Ariyoshi

Lead Story – Former Gov. George Ariyoshi Sounds Off

Hawai‘i’s Senior Statesman Opines on the State of the State Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald George R. Ariyoshi, who will turn 92 next month, has served as one of the state’s Democratic leaders for so long that he is one of the signposts for politics and government in Hawai‘i. Unless the state Constitution....
Mälama Learning Center students at a native Hawaiian planting site at Pälehua. (Photos courtesy Mälama Learning Center)

Lead Story – For Pauline Sato, Earth Day is Every Day

Student by Student, the Malama Learning Center is Helping to Change a Generation Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For most of her growing up years, Pauline Sato said she felt like “a weirdo.” While the children of her parents’ friends pursued careers in medicine or law or business, Sato was focused on....

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