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 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....
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....
Photo of Küpuna Sadao Honda and interviewer Dana Okuma.

Lead Story – “Crossing Bridges”, A Celebration of Wahiawa’s People and History

Hundreds of Wahiawä residents gathered under the stars at the Wahiawä Hongwanji Mission on a cool, crisp Dec. 10 evening for a reception celebrating the debut of a photography exhibit highlighting the former pineapple plantation town’s rich history and its beloved küpuna (elders) and students. The exhibit, titled “Crossing Bridges,” featured stories and photographs of....
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....
Cover Photo for Feb. 3rd's Issue - of Ken Saiki (Saeki) visiting his dad's Furusato

Lead Story – Journey To My Furusato With Dad

A Missed Opportunity Inspires A Commitment to Help Others Touch Their Ancestral Homeland Ken Saiki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I called my daughter at work and told her the good news: My father had heard that we were headed to Japan on a two-week trip and offered to take us to his furusato. Dad was born....

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...
Cover photo of 12/16 issue, a little girl enjoying Kauai's Flying Saucers

Lead Story – Flying Saucers Invade Kaua‘i

Gerald Hirata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the last few years, there have been published reports of Flying Saucer sightings on Kaua‘i. But the community here doesn’t seem to be at all concerned. In fact,...
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....

Mission Possible

Dr. James C. McNaughton Published with Permission Editor’s note: One of the highlights of the Military Intelligence Service Veterans National Reunion, held March 27 and 28 in Honolulu, was the grand opening of the “America’s Secret...

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