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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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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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The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation co-founder and president Ralph Honda (left) with his successor Howard Hamamoto. (Hawaii Hochi photo)

Sidebar – The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation

It is the wedding gift that keeps on giving. To commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Akihito and Michiko Shoda, the future crown princess, a group of business and community leaders in Hawai‘i formed a scholarship foundation in 1959 to promote educational exchanges between graduate students from Hawai‘i and Japan. A sizeable amount of money....
An essay on Thanksgiving hand-written by Haru Tanaka.

Sidebar – Kansha-Sai (Thanksgiving)

When Puritans from England aboard the ship Mayflower docked at Plymouth in Massachusetts, it was a very cold winter day. Yet, they overcame many hardships and cut trees; tilled the soil; sowed seeds of corn, beans and potato. That year, the weather was bad, with rainfall and snowstorms causing budding crops to wither away.

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...
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....
Family photo of John and first lady, Beatrice Burns with "miracle son", Jim Burns

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....

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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...
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Sidebar – Supporting “The Story of Immigration to America”

As Frank Moy sees it, being born in and growing up in a Chinese laundry is, in some ways, like living on a Hawai‘i plantation. “Labor-intensive, low pay, long hours, strict rules and hard work. I knew as a young kid I was not going to work in a laundry like my father, my father’s....

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