Writer Patsy Iwasaki’s children, Jairus and Kellie, feeding rabbits on Okunoshima, also known as Rabbit Island.

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Okunoshima: From Chemical Weapons Plant to Rabbit Sanctuary Between Kellie’s and Jairus’ trips on the prefectural exchange program, we had a chance to visit with the Araragis in Hiroshima during a short family trip to Japan in 2015. Since I like rabbits, we decided to take a one-day excursion to Okunoshima, also known as “Usagi....
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Sidebar – Judge Jim Burns Remembers A of Grit and Grace

Editor’s note: At an October 1997 March of Dimes fundraising dinner, Jim Burns, then chief judge of the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals, shared the inspiring story of his mother, Beatrice “Bea” Burns, with the audience. The text of his speech was published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin a few days later and was called to....

Discovering Magic In The Pa‘ia Darkness . . .

Lost in the darkness of his father’s movie theater, Victor Kobayashi’s childhood was filled with the flickering images of fearless samurai, wild cowboys and a bigger world beyond his small plantation town. Born in...
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When Barbara Kawakami and Dr. Alice Yun Chai set out to document the lives of the picture brides, they knew they were battling time. Most of the women were in their 80s. For some,...
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“Fighting Two War” Tribute to Nisei Soldiers

The important role American soldiers of Japanese ancestry played in immediately answering their nation’s call on Dec. 7, 1941 — and throughout World War II — will be saluted during the 75th anniversary commemoration...
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Obon. Most young men who have an idea of what this season means usually think, “Bon dances! Meet girls, walk around and look good, eat barbecue sticks and corn-on-the-cob.” And most girls with any...

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READ ORIGINAL STORY Author Graham Salisbury’s stop in Honolulu for the Sons and Daughters of the 100th’s Veterans Day book signing was part of the final leg of a two-week-long, 11-city book-signing tour. Salisbury, who...

“Aloha ‘Äina, Volume II” – Editor’s Insights

Gloria R. Kobayashi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The first story in “Aloha ‘Äina, Volume II, More Big Island Memories” is titled “Architect Extraordinaire.” It highlights the life of Frank Arakawa, who was Hawai‘i County’s deputy...
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One Family’s Gratitude to Project Dana

Editor’s note: This personal reflection was shared by an individual whose family was a beneficiary of the kindness, compassion and assistance of a Project Dana volunteer. The writer prefers to remain anonymous, but her...

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