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Legacy of the Sansei – Values We Learned From Preceding Generations

Dwight Yoshiharu Takamine Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My late father, Yoshito Takamine, a Nisei, was my role model as I was growing up in Honoka‘a, a rural community on the Big Island. He was the...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Re-establishing The Religiousness Of A Newer Generation

Rev. Clarence Shinkö Higa Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Obaban (my maternal grandmother) was a strong supporter of Shingon (Köyasan) Buddhism, as is my mother. Thus, the Higa family became Buddhist — more by blood association...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Pursue Your Dreams and Know Your Roots

Ken Inouye Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I was first approached about writing a piece for this “Legacy of the Sansei” series, I had mixed emotions. My first thought was: “What can I offer to...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Exploring a Possible Legacy of Sansei in Hawai‘i

Clyde Sakamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Legacies are clearest looking back. As Sansei, plainly seeing our generational outcome is probably beyond our reach. From my family, personal, work and community experiences, my “Sansei Legacy guess-timation”...
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Legacy of the Sansei – A Matter of Honor

Janet Sato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Our contributions as Sansei — local kids on Maui from humble beginnings, carving our way through the ’60s and beyond — were cultivated through expectations of effort, perseverance and...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Reflections of Past Inspire Confidence in Future

Asa Ige Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As a sansei son of Okinawan parents whose family names are Nagamine and Ige, I am so proud to be 100 percent Okinawan and so very proud of my...
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Legacy of the Sansei – We Are Sansei

Lynne Kobashigawa Waihee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Although a grandchild of Issei grandparents, I do not consider myself a “true” Sansei, since both my parents, Toshio Kobashigawa and Matsue (Ikehara) Kobashigawa, were Kibei-Nisei (American-born Japanese/Okinawans...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Giving Back by Paying Forward

Joyce Sachiko Tsunoda, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I am a sansei by age and generation on my mother’s side of the family. However, I think I am more of a Sengo Issei — a post-World...

Sharing The Sacred Gift

Donn Ariyoshi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I grew up living with three generations in our household and have fond memories of my grandparents. In elementary school, I attended Fort Gakuen, a Japanese language school, and continued...

Legacy In Our Families And Communities

Carl Takamura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As someone whose Sansei “credentials” include being a graduate of McKinley High School, which, back then, was widely known as “Tokyo High” due to the demographics of its enrollment,...

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