Photo of Toshiro Mifune on a movie set

Cover Story – “Mifune: The Last Samurai”

  Filmmaker Steven Okazaki's New Film Highlights the Life and Work of the Masterful Toshiro Mifune Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Toshiro Mifune exploded upon the world stage, delivering an epic performance in Japanese film...

2014 HIFF To Feature 23 Japanese Films

By: Karleen C. Chinen | If you love films that stir your senses, then this is the time of the year that you look forward to with special glee, because it means the curtain will be going up on the Hawaii International Film Festival. This year’s HIFF, the 34th annual, will delight audiences from Oct.....

Gone, But No Longer Forgotten

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For the past 14 years, representatives of the Hawai‘i State Hospital and supporters from the larger community have come together above a peaceful cul-de-sac at Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery in...
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....

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...

Ken Inouye Remembers

By: Averie’ Soto | Special to The Hawai‘i Herald | This past May, the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa released the concept designs for the planned Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. The center, to be housed on the university’s Mänoa campus, will honor a man known as a decorated World War II hero....

Willie Goo’s (Guardian Angel) Fog

Editor’s note: On this day, June 5, exactly 73 years ago, the all-Japanese American Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion sailed out of Honolulu Harbor aboard the SS Maui. This was just six months after Japan’s...
Photo of Ishikawa grandsons attended July book launch of their grandmother's, Barbara Kawakami, story.

Cover Story – “Picture Bride Stories” Historian Barbara Kawakami’s Long-Awaited Book is a Treasure

Karleen C. Chinen Thirty. “Thirty” is a number that comes up often in conversations about Barbara F. Kawakami’s long-awaited book, “Picture Bride Stories.” That is how long the methodical Kawakami has been working on this...
Cover photo of Duane Kurisu and Connie Mitchell holding a t-shirt that reads, "We Built It!"

Lead Story – Kahauiki Village: “We Built It!”

What Can Happen When the People Put Their Heads and Hearts Together Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “We built it!” It took Hawai‘i businessman Duane Kurisu just six months and one day to develop Kahauiki Village — a public-private housing project that is fulfilling his dream “to build a community,” not just....
Photo of issue's cover photo, "Pearl Harbor, From War To Peace"

Lead Story – Fighting Two Wars

Japanese Americans Were Forced to Fight Two Battles in World War II Karleen C. Chinen On this 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, many people are seeking out the newspapers of December 1941 for...

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