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...

Hiroshige’s City: From Edo To Tokyo

Wayne Muromoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” — Robert Heinlein I should just print up this quote as a poster and staple it to the wall...
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Exploring 20th Century Japanese Films – Dr. Victor Kobayashi To Lead Discussions Examining Themes,...

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Akira Kurosawa’s movie, “Rashomon,” made its remarkable debut on the international stage and established the 40-year-old director as a world-class filmmaker. Recognized as a cinematic classic from...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...
The Metcalf Chateau group at the Honolulu Museum of Art in 1954. Pictured from left: Tetsuo “Bob” Ochikubo, Tadashi Sato, Satoru Abe, Edmund Chung (not featured in the exhibition), Jerry Okimoto and Bumpei Akaji. (Photo credit: Honolulu Museum of Art/Raymond M. Sato)

“Abstract Expressionism”

Honolulu Museum of Art Exhibit Looks East from the Far West Wayne Muromoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Many years and maybe at least 20 pounds lighter in girth ago, I had lunch with a prominent AJA businessman, now deceased. During lunch, the subject of modern art came up. He was a 442nd Regimental Combat....

Uchinaaloha – Lee Tonuchi’s Newest Play Touches on Cultural Understanding and Preservation

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Commentary “See, I wanna do someting for help da Okinawan people. Da Okinawan ladies. Especially da ones who live away from Okinawa. Okinawa. (sighs) Lotta these Okinawan womens is social outcasts in these...
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HIFF 2016 – It’s HIFF Time Again! Time to Get Out Your Calendar and...

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the curtain will go up on the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. For 11 glorious days, film lovers can be swept away to the 23 countries represented...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by several of Okinawa’s top artistic and cultural masters will be recalled with gratitude and fondness on Sunday, July 30,....
Ai Iwane working with the Kodak Cirkut camera in Fukushima. (Photo by Haruo Imazumi)

The Arts – Fukushima …. Hawaii

Japanese Photographer Connects Fukushima with Hawai‘i Through Her Love of Bon Dance Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From now through Aug. 17, Japanese photographer Ai Iwane’s photo exhibits — “Island in My Mind, Fukushima” and “Fukushima Ondo” — are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. The....
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HIFF – Made in Hawai‘i

“THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN” | International Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 79 min. Written by Yuki Tsuchida. Directed by Kazuyoshi Nagashima. Miwako’s belief that her son Rikiya Asai was...

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