Skyy Smith –– ‘Äina Haina Elementary School, second place, Hawai‘i, elementary school.

2020 Nengajo (1 of 3)

The artwork on the next three pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of Japanese. It is a statewide competition for students learning Japanese language and is open to elementary, middle and high school students whose teachers are HATJ members.....
Jordyn Muraoka –– Roosevelt High School, first place, Hawai‘i, high school.

2020 Nengajo (2 of 3)

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Thu Trung Nguyen –– Roosevelt High School.

2020 Nengajo (3 of 3)

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Alice Inoue is a “life guide” and the founder of Happiness U located in SALT Our Kaka‘ako. She has advised more than 10,000 clients to live a more inspired life. (Photo courtesy Happiness U)

Astrology – Alice Inoue’s Vision for 2020

A Guide to “The Year of Manifestation” Jodie Chiemi Ching Mark your calendars! On Monday, Jan. 20, Alice Inoue will share her predictions based on astrology and numerology for 2020. Her presentation, entitled “The Year of Manifestation,” will be held at the Pömaika‘i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery — her largest venue to date. Because this....
Illustration of voter in voting booths for the upcoming 2020 political elections

Politics – New Year, New Elected Officials

Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The 2020 political landscape may still be forming, but beneath the surface, the new election year is shaping up to be a difficult one for both incumbents and challengers. Colin Moore, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa associate professor of political science and director of the school’s Public Policy....
Wendy Kim Messier’s lamps with shades and images of cats drawn on them hang above Suzanne Wolfe’s porcelain Maneki Neko featuring a variety of glazed paintings.

Art Review – The Maneki Neko Beckons . . . So Laugh!

A Whimsical Show Befitting This Season of Madness Wayne Muromoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald There is a very fancy art philosophical theory that boils down to a simple concept (at least for me; academic art historians may consider my explanation too simple-headed): that art is not just an inanimate object. It is an experience.....
Dan Nakasone reproduced his favorite field dinner, which his mom cooked for him and packed in his kaukau tin before sending her young son off to work. The meal included fried chicken, kinpira gobo and white rice topped with a big, red ume in the midde.

Coming of Age – Life Lessons Learned at $1.25 an Hour

Some of the Most Valuable Life Lessons Were Learned in the Pineapple Fields of Wahiawä Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “You have to learn the value of a dollar,” Dad would tell me. Other kids in Wahiawä and the surrounding area likely heard a similar “lecture.” It was the mid-’60s. I was 15....
Book cover titled 'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl

Book Review “Danny, the Champion of the World”

Children’s Book Author Connected More with Children Than Adults Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At the height of his literary success, British author Roald Dahl decided to write a tribute to a father he had barely known and a boyhood he had never experienced. Dahl wrote most of his story in an antiquated....
The Yoshiharas’ second son, David, followed his father to Annapolis and, like his father, rose to the rank of captain. Father and son are pictured here on David’s graduation day in 1978.

Honoring the Legacy – Takeshi Yoshihara

First Japanese American Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Melvin Inamasu and Violet Harada Courtesy: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Humility. Honesty. A passion for service to country. These qualities define Takeshi Yoshihara, who, in 1949, became the first Japanese American to receive an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. When Yoshihara reminisces about how....
Tatsumoto’s version of ozoni includes: mochi, thin slices of mizuna, daikon, shiitake, enoki mushrooms, hasu, carrots and canned scallops in a konbu and katsuo broth.

Ryan’s Table – Beyond Osechi Ryori

Local Japanese-style New Year’s Cuisine and Traditions Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Today, people in the 50th still practice Japanese New Year’s, or oshögatsu, traditions by placing a kadomatsu near the home entrance, stacking the kagami mochi topped with a tangerine and consuming ozoni as the first meal of the new year. In Japan, people enjoy osechi ryöri during the first three days of the year. The tradition....

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