Poster of film, Loving Vincent, van Gogh's Story to the Screen

Film Review – “Loving Vincent”

Artist/Filmmaker Brings van Gogh’s Story to the Screen Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Either he will go mad or he will leave us all behind. Which of the two it will be I am not able to foresee.” — Camille Pissarro At 27, he was already a failure. Born into an ambitious, middle-class....
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Literature “The Silent Lesson”

Shiho Shinoda Nunes From “Growing Up with Ghosts” The story of Sanae and her mother’s ghost I heard some years later from a girl from Mälua who lived in our dormitory. Sanae left home when she was fifteen to go into domestic service with a haole family in Hilo. Her mother had died the year....
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Journalism – Gordon Sakamoto

At the Helm at the Associated Press Charles Gary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Reprinted from March 18, 1994 Editor’s note: In his long career in journalism, Gordon Sakamoto rarely got the kind of byline exposure that most print, broadcast — and now web — journalists get for their work. That is the nature of....
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Book Review – “Dangerous Woman”

Frances H. Kakugawa’s Latest Book Features ‘Poetry for the Ageless' Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Reading Frances Kakugawa’s poems in her latest book, “Dangerous Woman: Poetry for the Ageless,” is like cozying up with an old friend and talking story. This particular friend has lived a long life and traveled far, literally....
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....

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....
Book cover titled 'Picture Bride Stories' by Barbara F. Kawakami

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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“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...
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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....
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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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