The Rev. Bert Sumikawa and a dozen members of the Windward Buddhist Temple held an obon service in June 2019 at the nearly one-acre Bellows Japanese Cemetery in Waimänalo. (Photo courtesy of Windward Buddhist Temple)

Lead Story – Obon: The Graves at Bellows Air Force Station

Rev. Bert Sumikawa Helps Descendants Honor Ancestors at the Bellows Japanese Cemetery Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This year, obon — the 500-year-old Japanese Buddhist custom honoring ancestors’ spirits — will deepen Ann Nakata’s connection with her family roots. Just two months ago, 72-year-old Nakata, a retired Kapahulu florist, discovered she had....
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Spotlight – The Herald Welcomes Ida Yoshinaga

Jodie Chiemi Ching It’s been a month and a half since the retired editor’s name, Karleen Chinen, appeared on the masthead of The Hawai‘i Herald. Fortunately for me, she stayed around to answer questions, share the editing load and write some of the columns. One of the challenges we faced together was finding a person....
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Community Focus – State Recovery Navigator Website Offers Resources for COVID-19

Hawaiʻi residents, companies, and contractors now have a free “one-stop shop” for local and national economic resources to help them survive COVID-19 — including employment, tax, finance and banking, health and other helpful information. This website, put together by the team of the state’s newly minted Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Navigator, Alan Oshima,....
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Community Focus – HI State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Accepting Submissions for...

Experienced artists who can demonstrate a track record of exhibitions, installations, and/or commissions, especially those skilled at creating “three dimensional freestanding sculpture, two dimensional images translated into durable materials and large painted murals,” are invited by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to submit applications in response to the HSFCA’s Request for....
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Community Focus – An Oral History Project: Hawaii Life in the Time of COVID-19

Has the coronavirus pandemic devastated or overturned your life? Are you stuck at home with but naught to do, hoping to leverage the shutdown by starting to learn more about your parents, grandparents and other küpuna (elderly community members)? Have you uncovered the artist within, composing original poems/songs/lyrics (such as haiku or mele), or creating....
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Community Focus – Kizunaloha Coalition for Recovery Efforts

The KizunAloha coalition, composed of more than 20 companies, government agencies and nonprofits based in Hawai‘i and Japan, recently unveiled a communications campaign designed to support future and economic recovery efforts by engaging the Japanese market during the coronavirus pandemic. While the state has currently imposed a 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers and has....
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Community Focus – GFBNEC, Essay and Poetry Contest

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Go For Broke National Education Center presents its 2020 High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest. In addition to cash prizes, four winners (grand prize entry from each category: essay and poetry high school division and essay and poetry college division)....
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Accepting Applicants for 2021 Cultural Grants

Hui O Laulima’s Cultural Grants Committee is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Cultural Grant program. The grants are aimed at supporting the applicants’ efforts to preserve and perpetuate Okinawan culture, one of the missions of Hui O Laulima. The grants are awarded to individuals and groups in the spirit of laulima — the Hawaiian....
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Recipe Board – Notice

This is the third Hawai‘i Herald issue that features recipes rather than upcoming events. Why? Because with “stay home” the name of the game to fight COVID-19, there isn’t much of anything going on....
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Lihue Baked Beans

From: “Favorite Island Cookery” (Book 2) Bake: 350 degrees Time: 30 min. Yield: 6-8 servings Ingredients 4 strips bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (1 lb.) pork and beans 1 can (1 lb.) kidney beans, drained 1 can (1 lb.) lima...

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