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.....
“The subject matter of people in their every day activities intrigues me because most of the scenes I paint happen in an instant. Sometimes it is so fast that we miss it or we don’t remember it,” says Kirk Kurokawa of his works., as shown above and below.

Lead Story – Capturing Slices of Maui Life

Artist Kirk Kurokawa is Living His Dream Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Kirk Kurokawa was in the first or second grade when knew he wanted to be an artist. “As long as I can remember, I have always liked art,” said the 44-year-old award-winning painter. Like many youngsters, the Wailuku resident was fond....

In Search Of Grandfather’s Spirit

James Dote Special to The Hawaii Herald Eight years ago, our son Ryan had an ancestral epiphany while exchanging university graduation wishes among his friends. On a social media site, each shared their one wish for...

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...

Lead 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 in no position to care for me. Reluctantly, she left me in the care of an orphanage, hoping....
Group photo of Professor Eric Yamamoto with event sponsors - (from left) Mei-Fei Kuo, attorney and president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hawai‘i; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Claire Wong Black, attorney and president of the Federal Bar Association; and Liann Ebesugawa, attorney and past president of the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu. (Photo courtesy Eric Yamamoto)

Lead Story – Still-Relevant Lessons from Korematsu

UH Law School Professor Eric Yamamoto Examines Those Lessons His New Book, “In the Shadow of Korematsu” Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald To many of us, we are living in an America that today appears increasingly unrecognizable. As our nation makes a hard turn to the right, we are voyaging through the shadow....

Sanshin? ‘Ukulele? Sanlele!

By Grant "Sandaa" Murata, Special to The Hawai'i Herald Okinawan music has enjoyed an unbelievable surge in popularity over the past 30 years. I think it’s the result of many factors — growing interest in...
Cover of November 2, 2018 Hawaii Herald Issue, '38th Hawaii International Film Festival'

Lead Story – HIFF 38 Is Coming to Town!

November is the month film lovers in Hawai‘i look forward to with great anticipation. That’s because the curtain will rise once again on the Hawaii International Film Festival. It’s an opportunity to take in films that bridge East and West and the rest of the world through cinematic storytelling. HIFF 38 — the Hawaii International....
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....

“Under The Blood Red Sun”

Karleen C. Chinen How do we keep Hawai‘i’s World War II story alive so that its lessons continue to resonate for generations to come? It’s a tough question that anyone involved in passing on history...

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