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....
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....
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 – 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....
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)....


Karleen Chinen Commentary, Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Fujio Matsuda belonged to the World War II cohort that journalist Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” I don’t know if Matsuda, a veteran and the nation’s first Asian...


Former Hongwanji Bishop Lived His Life with Gratitude and Aloha Karleen Chinen Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A minister. A former bishop. Keiki o ka ‘äina — a child of Hawai‘i. Son. Brother. Husband. Father. Grandfather. A...
Longtime friends Jon Shirota and Professor Katsunori Yamazato. Yamazato is a retired president of Meio University in Nago, Okinawa. (Photo by Barbara Shirota)


A Maui Son’s Writing Brought Hawai‘i’s Okinawan Experience Into the Light
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....
Executive Director Cyndi Osajima and Founding Administrator Rose Nakamura at Project Dana’s 30th anniversary celebration on Sept. 28, 2019, at Dole Cannery’s Pomaika‘i Ballroom. (Photo by Kevin Kawamoto)


Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Sometimes the mere mention of a name can make people feel good and smile. For many, that name was Rose Nakamura, who passed away on July 10, a...

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