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Q: In the following passage, does “fireworks” mean “ammunition?” Taka paused as four trucks loaded with soldiers roared past from the opposite direction. “And then…something really amazing happened. Shivers said, ‘General, now that you have issued...
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Sidebar: HUOA: Irei no Hi in Hawai‘i Set for June 22

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will livestream a commemoration of Irei no Hi, or Okinawa’s Memorial Day, on Monday, June 22, on its Facebook page and YouTube channel from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Sidebar – Memorial Day: Shinnyo Lantern Floating Livestream

The annual Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii event attracts over 40,000 people to Ala Moana Beach Park from around the world every year. However, this year, due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival...
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Sidebar – Send Your Aloha to Naruhito and Masako

To mark the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito to Emperor Naruhito and the start of the Reiwa Era on May 1, the official residence of the Consulate General of Japan is open to people wishing to sign a greeting book that will be sent to Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. Greeting books are also available....
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.
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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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Sidebar – Center for Oral History Transcripts Toipics

Communities undergoing rapid social, economic and environmental changes such as Waikïkï, Kaka‘ako, Kalihi and O‘ahu’s North Shore; Köloa on Kaua‘i; Pä‘ia and Lahaina on Maui; Läna‘i City; East End Moloka‘i; and Waipi‘o Valley, Kona and the Hämäkua Coast on Hawai‘i island. Historical events such as World War II, the 1946 tsunami, and the closing of....
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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