Cover Story – Meeting Mitsuru Shimabukuro, Hawai‘i Senator’s Past Launches New Mission in Japan

Glenn Wakai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I entered this world as Mitsuru Shimabukuro. My mom, originally from Okinawa, gave birth to me in Tökyö when she was 16 years old. As a child herself, she was...

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35 – The Legacy

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary I don’t spend too much time worrying about how many more years of publishing life lie ahead for the Herald. Frankly speaking, it’s not a decision that I have much control over....

The Hawai‘i Herald @ 35

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary Welcome to Part 1 of The Hawai‘i Herald’s 35th anniversary edition! When managing editor Gwen Battad Ishikawa and I began tossing around ideas about how we would celebrate this milestone anniversary in print, I...

The Singing Priest

  Growing up in the ancient capital city of Kamakura, Takamasa Yamamura was expected to follow tradition and take over his family business, which stretched back 24 generations into Japan’s feudal past. “My father was a...

Boston Finisher!

Meredith Kuba Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Last month, I finally realized my long-held dream of running the Boston Marathon. It was a quest I had given my life to for three years and, oh, how...

Gen’s Home Sweet Home

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald If you wander along the backroads of Wai‘anae Valley, there is an unpaved country lane that will take you to a quiet farm that is always filled with the...

Between Alzheimer’s And Life

Diane Ako Special to The Hawaii Herald She still knows my name. “Diane!” my mother exclaims joyfully when I arrive at the care home to visit. “Do you know my daughter?” she asks all the staff, and...

Carrying On At Pukalani Superette

Sansei Nakashima Brothers are Leading Their Family Store Into Its Sixth Decade of Business

Confessions Of A Sanshin Sensei

Grant “Sandaa” Murata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I first began learning Ryükyü uta/sanshin with Henry Masatada Higa-Sensei, I studied with many Uchinanchu Issei. Today, I realize how blessed I was to have had that...

Four Generations Of Dodo Mortuary

Arnold T. Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald What residents of Hawai‘i Island take for granted is often a rarity when viewed on a broader scale. At least such is the case when it comes to...

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