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....
Collage photo of Winnie (Kapiolani Hospital's facility dog) and 2-yr-old, Katy, and Dr. Wade Kyono and 15-yr-old Luke, and 8-yr-old Tavin playing with Winnie

Lead Story – Living Legacies

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was not supposed to be this way. After only three years, Randy Wada was on track to graduate from Northwestern University and begin dental school in the fall of 1978. In his final undergraduate semester, he took a random course in molecular biology and cancer to fill....
“. . . [W]ith the encouragement of the local Okinawans who came to the camps, it was their saving grace,” said HUOA executive director Jane Serikaku. (Photo by Gregg Kakesako)

Lead Story – Finding Closure and Peace

Hawai‘i Uchinanchu Will Help Two World War II Prisoners of War from Okinawa Find Peace Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i Uchinanchu (people of Okinawa ancestry) have always demonstrated their “brotherly love” in many ways, says Clara Goto . . . even by befriending prisoners of war from Okinawa who were incarcerated....
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....
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....
Group photo of (from left) Bishop Eric Matsumoto (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii), Bishop Gensho Hara (Jodo Mission of Hawaii), newly installed Bishop Clark Watanabe and Bishop Kenjun Kawawata (Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii)

Lead Story – Journey of the Honomu-based Shingon Bishop

Unlocking the Secrets of Esoteric Buddhism Margaret Shiba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On Feb. 25, the Rev. Clark Watanabe was installed as the 13th bishop of the statewide Köyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii in a ceremony at Honomu Henjöji Mission on Hawai‘i island. The unlikely path that led the local boy to this milestone....
Photo of Gov. John A. Burns, first lady Beatrice Burns and their “miracle” son, Jim Burns, at a formal event in 1962, the year Burns was elected Hawai‘i’s first Democratic governor. (Photo courtesy Emme Tomimbang)

Lead Story – Aloha ‘Oe, Judge James S. Burns

The Retired Judge is Remembered Fondly for His Intellect and Low-key Local Demeanor Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Jim Burns had the untucked Aloha shirt casualness Hawai‘i appreciates, but his intellectual rigour and character were just as strong as his father’s straightaway posture. Former Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals Chief Judge James S.....
Photo of Consul General Misawa offers a prayer in memory of the World War II Nisei soldiers at last September’s Joint Memorial Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. (Photos courtesy Ann Kabasawa)

Lead Story – Conversations with my Father

Hawai‘i’s Consul General of Japan Shares Memories of His Father with MIS Veterans Yasushi Misawa Published with Permission Editor’s note: Since his posting in Hawai‘i in mid-2015 as Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Yasushi Misawa has delivered dozens of greetings and remarks, even kampai toasts, and been involved in countless ceremonial presentations around town.....
Group photo of the first Nisei stewardess graduating class: (from left) May Hayashi, Louise Otani, Katherine Shiroma, Jane Toda, Ruby Mizuno, Masako Tagawa and Cynthia Tsujiuchi.

Lead Story – Pioneers in the Sky

Former Flight Attendant Remembers Pan Am’s First AJA “Stewardesses” Betty S. Santoki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was a party Juan Trippe’s employees at Pan American World Airways would never forget. “We are going around the world,” proclaimed Trippe, Pan Am’s founder, at the company’s Christmas party in December 1928. Trippe’s employees knew him....
Photo of scene from "Allegiance"

Lead Story – “Allegiance:” The Road To Broadway

The Musical’s Producer Shares the Fascinating Back Story Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note:  Dr. Mark Mugiishi’s entire professional life has been dedicated to healing through medicine. A general surgeon whose specialty is cancer procedures, Mugiishi also serves as associate chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Hawai‘i’s John....

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