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...

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...

Hanging Out At “The People’s House”

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The 28th Hawai‘i state Legislature is currently in session at the State Capitol in downtown Honolulu. As mandated by Hawai‘i’s constitution, the Legislature convenes each year at 10 a.m....
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....

A Pilgrimage Honoring the 100th Infantry Battalion

Janice Sakoda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Mid-May of 1944 was a pivotal period in the history of the 100th Infantry Battalion, highlighted by the Allied effort to wrest the 1,700-foot high Benedictine monastery called Monte...

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...

Hilo Lunch Shop Is Comfort Food Central

Corey Masao Johnson Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The first scratch of dawn has yet to mark the sky. Wiping away tired eyes, I cut the car engine a few steps away from the entrance to...
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....

Lorraine Tokuyama: “92 And Still Kicking!”

The Master Sashiko Teacher and TEMARI Treasure is Also a Lifelong Learner
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....

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