Sen. Hirono at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 14 with Karen Kore- matsu (far right), daughter of World War II internment resister Fred Korematsu and executive director of the Fred T. Korema- tsu Institute, and civil rights attorney Don Tamaki, who served on Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team. Earlier this year, Hirono and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced a resolution commemorating Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.” It denounces any effort to discriminate against an individual based on national origin or religion. (Photo courtesy Office of U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono)

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U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono Wages War with Trump Even As She Battles Cancer Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It is 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon in Honolulu and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono is dashing into her third-floor office in the Prince Kühiö Federal Building as a sound bite of President Donald Trump plays....
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Lead Story – Former Gov. George Ariyoshi Sounds Off

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How Significant is “The Japanese Vote?” Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Asking about ethnic voting in Hawai‘i is like posing the question: “Is it raining in Hawai‘i?” Yes, somewhere in Hawai‘i almost every day, rain is falling and, yes, Hawai‘i voters take ethnicity into consideration when they go to the polls. But it....
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Veteran Wahiawa Lawmaker Joins Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Born in 1959, the year Hawai‘i became a state seems just the sort of perfect Hawai‘i political note for Marcus Oshiro, who recently ended his 23-year tenure as a member of the state House of Representatives. In late August, Gov.....
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Politics – Ige? Hanabusa? Or a Strong Alternative?

Who Will Emerge as the Democrats’ Candidate for Governor in 2018? Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Almost four years ago, former Hawai‘i Govs. Ben Cayetano and George Ari- yoshi had agreed to endorse and support the elections of both Colleen Hanabusa and David Ige. Of course, in 2014, Hanabusa was running against Sen.....
Collage photo of Col. Shirlene Dela Cruz Ostrov, Patricia Saiki, Bob McDermott, and Donald Trump

Politics – Hope Springs Eternal for Hawaii’s GOP

Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Retired Air Force Col. Shirlene Dela Cruz Ostrov is defining either optimism or insanity as she takes over as head of the Hawaii Republican Party. Hawai‘i is routinely described as a one-party state, as elected Republicans have dropped to just five in the 51-member state Legislature. The list....
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Education – Learn More About The Impact of Executive Order 9066

There was a time when information about Executive Order 9066 and how it affected the lives of tens of thousands of people hardly existed. That, fortunately, has changed. Today, there are many excellent resources — books, as well as DVDs — that help to tell the story. We have compiled a list of titles worth....
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Fighting Two Wars – Adm. Harry B. Harris JR. : Nisei Warriors “All Heroes...

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Editor’s note: One of the events of last month’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan was a grand tribute to the Nisei soldiers who stepped forward to serve their country in the dark days following the Dec. 7, 1941,....
Photo of Gov. George Ariyoshi, speaking at the "Japanese American Veterans Tribute"

Fighting Two Wars – Gov. George Ariyoshi: Child’s Selflessness Forecast Japan’s Recovery

Gov. George R. Ariyoshi Governor of Hawai‘i, 1974 to 1986 Aloha everyone . . . Before I say very much, I want to express my appreciation to all of the veterans who served and made it possible for a younger person like me to be able to move after you, and I thank you very....
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Fighting Two Wars – Gov. David Ige: “Am I Adding To Your Legacy?”

Gov. David Y. Ige Governor of Hawai‘i (2015 to present) Aloha . . . It truly is an honor and a privilege for me to be here today as governor of the state of Hawai‘i. My grandparents, the Issei, immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan and Okinawa more than a hundred years ago in search of....

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