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....
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....
The Gannenmono descendants during the “Talk Story” session. They were (from left): Carol Kondo, yonsei descendant of Bunkichi Murata; Ruth Izawa, sansei descendant of Yonekichi Sakuma; Haunani Jo-quin, fifth-generation descendant of Sentarö Ishii; Keone Cook, yonsei descendant, and Cathy West Dale, fifth-generation descendant of Matsugorö Kuwata (nicknamed “‘Umi‘umi-matsu” — ‘umi‘umi is Hawaiian language for beard, whiskers); and Gwen Sanchez, yonsei descendant, and Lily Kahele-lani Lyons, fifth-generation descendant of Tokujiro Sato.

Lead Story – Gannenmono Perspectives

The Gannenmono’s Legacy is Considered 150 Years After Their Arrival Jodie Chiemi Ching Insight into the history of one of Hawai‘i’s most visible ethnic groups — the Japanese — took a giant step forward last week with the events commemorating 150 years since the first group of immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i from Japan. The approximately....

Lead Story – The Race for Governor

On Aug. 11, Hawai‘i voters will decide who will advance to the general election in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor. On the Republican side, polls show state Rep. Andria Tupola leading former state senator John Carroll and former Marine and Hawai‘i Department of Education administrator Ray L’Heureux. But the race being watched....

Lead Story – Okinawan Festival, Still Thinking Big

Hawai‘i’s Largest Ethnic Festival is Moving to the Hawai‘i Convention Center Gregg Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The birth of the state’s largest ethnic festival — the Okinawan Festival — on Labor Day weekend can be traced to 1980 and a concerted effort by a group of Sansei Uchinanchu leaders to perpetuate and share....
Journalist and community activist Gary T. Kubota spent three years conducting oral history interviews with over 30 people who were arrested or involved in protesting the 1971 eviction of residents in Kalama Valley for the book, “Hawaii Stories of Change.” The incident is described as the defining moment in the Hawaiian Renaissance. The protests were organized by Kokua Hawaii, a group of community activists. (Photo by Gregg K. Kakesako)

“Hawaii Stories of Change”

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Nearly half a century ago, 32 people were arrested while protesting the mass eviction of Kalama Valley residents, including farmers and native Hawaiians, by landowner Bishop Estate to pave the way for suburban development in East O‘ahu. Among those arrested was community and anti-Vietnam War activist —....
“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....
Rick Hoo creates a kadomatsu using mosotake, or green bamboo. (Photos courtesy of Kuhio Lions Club of Honolulu)

Lead Story – Kadomatsu and Cultural Identity

S. Sanae (Imada) Tokumura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Got kadomatsu, or kadomatsu plans? If not, there’s still time to gather the essential pine boughs and other symbolic elements to create Hawai‘i’s essential New Year’s decoration. Kadomatsu, literally “gate pine,” is originally a Shintö practice, but placing kadomatsu outside homes and/or businesses is largely no....
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....
Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....

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