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Herald Salutes – Tyler Tokioka

Tyler Tokioka has been appointed chairman of the board for Island Insurance Company, Ltd. Hawai‘i’s largest locally owned property and casualty insurance carrier. He succeeds Colbert Matsumoto, who will continue to serve as a board member. Tokioka, whose grandfather, Masayuki Tokioka, founded the company in 1939, has been with Island Insurance since 1999. He has....
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Herald Salutes – Dr. Alson Inaba

University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa’s clinical professor and Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children pediatric emergency specialist Dr. Alson Inaba received the first Innovation at Heart Award on June 18 from the American Heart Association at the AHA Gold Heart event in Dallas, Texas. Inaba is known for figuring out that the Bee Gees....
Kevin Imanaka

Herald Salutes – Kevin Imanaka

Kevin Imanaka has joined the senior management team of the Honolulu Museum of Art (often referred to as HoMA) as its chief communications officer. He will lead the museum’s communications, marketing and branding initiatives. Imanaka previously held senior communications positions at Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his wife Misako celebrate Noboru Hayase (seated center, holding certificate) being conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, with his friends. (Photos courtesy Japanese Consulate)

Herald Salutes – Noboru Hayase and Dr. Robert N. Huey

Noboru Hayase and Dr. Robert N. Huey were recently conferred imperial decorations by the Government of Japan. The decorations were presented by Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito at his official residence. Noboru Hayase, who served as president of the Hawaii Meijikai from 2011 to 2018, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver....
The talented students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds on stage at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University with their director Susan Ochi-Onishi (far left). (Photos courtesy Susan Ochi-Onishi)

Herald Salutes – Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan...

Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan Ochi-Onishi, performed to four standing ovations in the 28th annual Music for All National Festival in March in Indianapolis, Ind. The Music for All National Festival showcases America’s finest high school and middle school music ensembles and student musicians. It spotlights outstanding music-making and....
The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai presented scholarships of $1,000 each to Waiäkea High School senior Meghan M.B.Y. Nagai (right) and Hilo High School senior Kara Yoshiyama (left)

Herald Salutes

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai presented scholarships of $1,000 each to Waiäkea High School senior Meghan M.B.Y. Nagai and Hilo High School senior Kara Yoshiyama. The two were recognized for their excellence in academic, co-curricular and extracurricular achievements. Nagai, who is the daughter of Kenjin Kai members Sylvia and Michael Nagai, was a valedictorian....
Mallory Go

Herald Salutes – Molokai High School Sophomore, Mallory Go

Moloka‘i High School sophmore Mallory Go won first place at the Hawai‘i HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) National Leadership Conference, held from Feb. 26 to 27 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Go competed against other Hawai‘i high school students in epidemiology –– or the study of the distribution, incidence and control of disease in....
Stacie Kunihisa

Herald Salutes – Kanoelani Elementary School Principal, Stacie Kunihisa

Kanoelani Elementary School principal Stacie Kunihisa was named the 2019 Hawai‘i National Distinguished Principal by the Hawai‘i Elementary School and Middle School Administrators Association at the Hale Koa Hotel on April 28. She will join the National Association of Elementary School Principals and awardees from the other 49 states in Washington, D.C., in October. Just....
Kuakini president and CEO Gary Kajiwara, seated between Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito, holds his imperial decoration certificate. Kajiwara was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. (Photos courtesy Kuakini Health Systems)

Herald Salutes – Kuakini Health System President and CEO, Gary K. Kajiwara

Kuakini Health System president and CEO Gary K. Kajiwara was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito on Feb. 1 at the Japanese Consulate. Kajiwara was recognized for his contributions to strengthening and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States in the....
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Herald Salutes

Gwen Fujie has been selected as executive director of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, succeeding the late Jane Serikaku, who held the post for approximately 12 years before passing last summer. Fujie assumed the position on Jan. 2. Fujie’s ancestral roots in Okinawa are in Oroku and Yomitan. She is a member of Yomitan Club,....

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