Children’s Book – “CULTURE4KIDS! BOOK 2” FEATURED ON NVMC VIRTUAL SERIES

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary On Jan. 16, 2021, the Nisei Veteran’s Memorial Center livestreamed the latest entry in its virtual series, “An Afternoon with the Author,” which featured Carolyn Kubota Morinishi and her mother, Marian Kurasaki...

Children’s Literature – “SIX FEET TOGETHER”

Talking With the Creative Team Behind the New Children’s Book Ida Yoshinaga This Thursday, Oct. 15, Hawai‘i families and schoolteachers trying to educate youngsters about the coronavirus got a special treat: the debut of locally authored...
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Spotlight – “American Postcards” Tells Hawaii’s Picture Bride Stories

Invoke to Perform the Immigrant Women’s Moving Stories Set to Strings Karleen Chinen Inspiration is a fascinating animal. It can take off like wildfire, and where it will go is anyone’s guess. Just ask University of Hawai‘i music professor Takuma Itoh and Hawai‘i plantation era historian and author Barbara Kawakami. The opportunity to compose a....
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Dear Frances – Timeless Memories, Moving Memories

Frances Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist I am writing this column before I leave for Hawai‘i to give several talks on caregiving and to introduce my new book on Kapoho. To be honest, I’m feeling a bit burnt out after spending much of my last 20 years doing talks on the road. As fate would have....

Political History – The Gift of Author-Historian Tom Coffman

Pre-World War II AJA History Helped Coffman Understand Contemporary Hawai‘i Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Acclaimed Hawai‘i author and historian Tom Coffman realized what would become the signature theme for his writing in a surprisingly successful meeting more than thirty years ago in the koa-paneled office of Hawai‘i’s governor. The meeting was odd....
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Wine & Words Annual Fundraiser

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts, presents its annual Wine & Words fundraising event. It will be an evening packed with writers from Bamboo Ridge Issue #115, Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo...
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UH Hamilton Library: Uncovering the Sakamaki-Hawley Collection

WHO/WHAT: Dr. Robert Huey, professor of Japanese Literature, will present “Uncovering the Sakamaki-Hawley Collection.” In an ongoing collaboration between UH and the University of the Ryukyus, roughly half of the collection’s items have been...
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Book Review – A Visit to the “Japanese Inn”

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Once again I am driving southwest on the great Tokaidö Road that runs between Tökyö, the present capital of Japan, and Kyöto, the ancient capital . . . I am headed for the dream-haunted calm of the old inn called Minaguchi-ya.” And so begins Oliver Statler’s classic recreation....
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“Hou On Sha Toku” – Grant Murata-Sensei’s Solo Recital

WHO/WHAT: Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA presents “Hou On Sha Toku,” Hawai‘i’s first uta-sanshin solo recital. Enjoy Ryukyu koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music by Murata-Sensei and friends. Special guest performers...
Book cover with Samurai, titled 'Musashi' By Eiji Yoshikawa

Literature – The World of Miyamoto Musashi

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1935, Eiji Yoshikawa was a middle-aged journeyman writer who was still searching for his true voice as an artist. Born Hidetsugu Yoshikawa in 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture, he left school at the age of 11 to help support his family after his samurai father’s attempt at business....

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