Photo outside of storefront with sign, Miyako Sushi in Maui

Maui Grinds – Sushi Shop OR Antique Store? Both!

Decades-old Maui Sushi Business Still Going Strong Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Running a food business was never in Stella and Douglas Kodama’s plan in 1980 when they sought to purchase the property next to their own on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. They were eyeing that parcel, occupied by Miyako Sushi, to....
“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....
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Maui Salutes – Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans/Maui AJA A

Ten scholarships of $1,000 each were presented to 2017 graduates of Valley Isle high schools by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans / Maui AJA Veterans Scholarship Program. The recipients are:
The building on the left is the Visitors' Quarters where visitors could spend the night. The Long House (right) was a pavilion where Hansen’s disease patients could visit with family. A chain-linked fence ran down the middle of the Long House to keep visitors and patients separated. (Photos by Gary Kagehiro)

Cover Story – KALAUPAPA

A Place of Contradiction and Contemplation Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Kalaupapa. A place of contradiction: stunning beauty and serenity, haunted by stories of deep sorrow. The worst and the best of humanity are portrayed...
Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa chats with visitors recently at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, where he is painting a mural highlighting the World War II AJA soldiers.

Art + History – Maui Mural Celebrates Nisei Soldier’s Story

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Telling Their Story Inside and Out Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Crisp, colorless images of young American soldiers of Japanese ancestry are coming to life on a concrete canvas on the windswept oceanfront campus of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. At the center, situated where the towns of Kahului and Wailuku meet,....
Makawao Hongwanji members make cranes to decorate the temple during obon season. (Photo courtesy of the Maui News)

OBON EVENTS – OBON EVENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Note: To include news of your temple or organization’s obon-related events this summer, email thehawaiiherald@gmail.com. We reserve the right to edit your information for brevity. For updates, check with the temple or organization’s...
One . . . two . . . three . . . shaka! Mayors Victorino of Maui County and Naoki Edahiro of Fukuyama City flash a shaka, along with Joycelyn Victorino and Fukuyama City Assembly Chair Yoshiyuki Hayakawa (far right).

Lead Story – The Maui County, Japan Friendship

The Friendship Continues to Bloom Under Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Every year in mid-May, the Japanese city of Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture explodes in vibrant colors with rose blooms for as far as the eye can see — and just in time for the celebrated Fukuyama....
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Dialogue – Mahalo Maui!

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen Welcome to The Hawai‘i Herald’s fifth Maui Issue! As the stories for this issue began to take shape, they seemed to take on a somewhat artsy focus that overlapped with Maui’s historical past as well as life today on the Valley Isle. In this issue you will meet Rick Shimomura,....
Seki Machine Works on Mill Street in Wailuku, Maui. (Photos courtesy Tom Seki.)

Business – Seki Machine Works, A 60 Year Legacy

Keeping Old Nisei Values Relevant Jodie Chiemi Ching For the past 60 years, Seki Machine Works has serviced every industry in Maui County. “Name any industry,” challenged 55-year-old yonsei Tom Seki, and they’ve done it — including automotive, marine, medical, hotel, astronomy, heavy equipment, water, sewage and the highway. The metal fabrication and automotive shop....
“. . . I’m interested in preserving memorabilia, preserving the past . . .” says Colin Yamamoto standing beside one of the glass cases containing various antiques and memorabilia.

Preserving Maui’s Yesteryears

For Colin Yamamoto, They are All Historical Treasures Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A seat belt from Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a car speaker from the old Kahului Drive-In, plantation kaukau tins, handmade potato peelers and vegetable graters from the 1930s and ’40s. These pieces from Maui’s past are just a fraction of....

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