Photo of Lorraine Mito (holding camera) visits her Yamane family ohaka in Hiroshima. (Photos courtesy Lorraine Mito)

My Furusato – Spirits of My Ancestors Live On

Dr. Lorraine S. Mito, Ed.D Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My father, Gisaburo Yamane, was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1909. At the age of 13, his parents sent him to Kona, Hawai‘i, to become the adopted child of his uncle and aunt, who were childless. Dad was the second son of his birth parents....
This year, the 442nd RCT is commemorating its 75th anniversary with a grand banquet on Sunday, March 18, themed, “Celebrating with Gratitude and Pride.”

Nisei Veterans – “Okage Sama De, Grandpa”

442nd RCT to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Unit's Formation Gwen Fujie Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I was a little girl growing up in newly developed Käne‘ohe, I used to play “army” with the boys in the neighborhood. We would play in our neighbors’ backyards and down the dead-end street (now called a cul-de-sac)....
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Rememberance – Eugene Imai: A True Public Servant

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Eugene “Gene” Imai, whose military and government career spanned more than three decades, including service in Vietnam and as commander of the Hawai‘i Army National Guard, died Jan. 28 at the Arcadia Retirement Residence after a long illness. He was 72 years old. According to the Japanese....
Dr. Sinoto on an excavation field trip in Huahine, French Polynesia. (Photos courtesy Bishop Museum)

Remembrance – Aloha Oe to a Pacific Soul, Dr. Yoshiko Sinoto

Betty Lou Kam Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When a distinguished scholar or mentor passes, we are reminded that expanding knowledge is grounded in the work and dedication of earlier generations of thinkers who asked critical questions, considered rare possibilities, proposed new theories and established proven fundamental truths based on their keen observation and careful....
Hiroshi Arisumi

Remembrance – Remembering Hiroshi Arisumi

Karleen Chinen Commentary As the eldest of 10 children born to immigrants from Japan, no one would have thought badly of Hiroshi Arisumi if he had decided to remain home on Maui to help his parents rather than volunteer to fight in Europe with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. But Arisumi wouldn’t do that. In....
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Remembrance – Aloha ‘Oe, Barry Taniguchi

Karleen Chinen Commentary I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat another hotel banquet salad without remembering fondly the happy face of KTA Super Stores chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi enjoying his dinner salad . . . with a pair of hashi (chopsticks), instead of a fork. That is an image I will not....
Bamboo Ridge Press colleagues Marie Hara (far left) and Eric Chock (far right) joined the late Milton Maruyama and wife Dawn Pine for a group photo in November 2008. (UH Press photos by Carol Abe)

Remembrance – Remembering Marie Hara

Karleen Chinen Commentary Hawai‘i’s literary community lost one of its kindest, most talented and most generous souls with the passing of Marie Hara on Aug. 23 at the age of 75. I had lunch with Marie about a month earlier. We talked about some of her health challenges. It’s a common topic of conversation among....
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Remembrance – Aloha Oe, Ted Tsukiyama

Gerald Kato Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As a young boy, Ted Tsukiyama was cast in an Ali‘iolani Elementary School Thanksgiving Day play as Captain Miles Standish, commander of the Plymouth Colony, a representative American who founded and forged the shape of the country. The experience made a deep and lasting impression on Tsukiyama....
Black and white photo of Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

In Memoriam Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

Retired Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito, only the fourth Japanese American to be promoted to the rank of general in the U.S. military, died Jan. 26 at the age of 90. Ito began his military career in 1951 when he joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard as a field artillery officer. He spent 37 years....
Irene Hirano Inouye (center) with (from left) then-U.S.-Japan Council board chair Dennis Teranishi, Consul Rumi Ariyoshi from the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, Island Holdings chair and USJC member Colbert Matsumoto, Hirano Inouye, and USJC Emerging Leaders Program participants Lynn Miyahira and Brandon Marc Higa at a 2016 reception in Honolulu for visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Photo courtesy Lynn Miyahira)

Remembrance – Remembering Irene Hirano Inouye

Karleen C. Chinen “Determined, unflappable, tireless and tenacious.” That is how Dr. Akemi Kikumura-Yano is remembering Irene Hirano Inouye, her friend and former colleague, who died April 7 in Los Angeles after an extended illness. She was 71 years old. Most people knew Irene Hirano Inouye primarily as the widow of the late U.S. Sen.....

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