Colleen Hanabusa For Mayor: Okage Sama De

I was raised by my grandparents in a plantation home in the Japanese Wai‘anae Plantation Camp. My maternal great grandmother was the midwife for the plantation and my maternal grandfather was the plantation carpenter...
Mufi Hannemann

Mufi Hannemann For Mayor

The achievements of Americans of Japanese ancestry surround us: in their back-breaking toil as immigrant plantation workers ... the role of those workers in shaping the organized labor movement ... the courage and sacrifice...
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Kim Coco Iwamoto

Kim Coco Iwamoto For State House, District 26

I am yonsei. My maternal grandparents left Japan to grow cantaloupe in California. During World War II, my mother and her family were interned in Poston, Arizona. My uncles were eventually released to enlist in the...

Megan Kau For Prosecuting Attorney

Megan Kau has taken the most aggressive stance against crime. The most pressing issue is that crime has increased, and criminals have resorted to pushing our küpuna down in the street, leaving them to...
Earl Tsuneyoshi.

Earl Tsuneyoshi for Honolulu City Council, District 9

“Integrity, Transparency & Accountability must be at the core of a cultural change within Honolulu Hale to restore the trust of the people. We must do things for the right reasons or we will...
Sen. Mazie Hirono standing and speaking in front of young students

Lead Story – Sen. Mazie the Fierce

Hawai‘i’s Senior Member of Congress Models Compassionate Governance for Up-and-Coming National Leaders Ida Yoshinaga Mazie Hirono laughs in surprise when I offer congratulations on her latest honor, the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award, which the National Park Trust will on June 25 present to Hawai‘i’s senior member of Congress, the first woman of color....
Ron Kouchi

Government – Sen. Kouchi Seeks Opportunities During COVID-19

Backed By Experience From Rebuilding Kaua‘i’s Economy In The Past Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald One evening during the closing days of April, Senate President Ron Kouchi was watching the evening news when he was startled to hear Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell starting to volunteer Kouchi’s home island, Kaua‘i, as a test site....
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....

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....
Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Spotlight – Ariyoshi Inducted into the Aloha Order of Merit

Jodie Chiemi Ching Former Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit –– one of the state’s highest honors –– on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. In a press release from the Office of the Governor, it states, “The Aloha Order of Merit was established....

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