“Growing up in Chinatown in the ’40s and ’50s . . . there was nothing like it,” Frank Wong recalled. (Photos courtesy www.foreverchinatown.com)

Film Review – “Forever Chinatown”

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Memory is a curious companion. It is an internal movie that captures the past, not as it was, but as we wish it to be. It is our own Hollywood production. It is a fickle river that is part fact and part fiction as it flows toward eternity.....
In this scene from “A Walking Shadow,” Myles Fukunaga, played by Alaka‘i Cunningham, is comforted by his family, played by Juvy Lucina and Daphnei Hussein. (WCC photo by Orrin Nakanelua)

Theatre – Myles Fukunaga Case Dramatized at Paliku Theatre

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Ninety years after the execution hanging of Myles Fukunaga, a young Japanese American man who killed the son of a Hawaiian Trust Company executive, the story continues to resonate among Hawai‘i residents who have learned about the case and questioned the judicial system’s rush to judgment of an....
Movie Poster with title "Crazy Rich Asians"

Movie Review – “Crazy Rich Asians”

Insight Into a World Many Have Never Seen and Few Would Recognize Alan Suemori Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the 1930s, as the world roiled in the depths of the Great Depression, Hollywood rolled out a banquet of classic romantic comedies that is still revered and beloved today. Armed with whiplash dialogue, glamorous....
Abacus Federal Credit Bank founder and chairman Thomas Sung and his wife Hwei Lin with their daughters Heather, a physician; Chaunterelle, a lawyer and former deputy district attorney; Vera, a lawyer and Abacus director; and Jill, Abacus’ president and CEO. (Lia Chang Photography)

Review – “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

The Story of the Only Bank Prosecuted Following the 2008 Economic Meltdown Alan Suemori Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 2008, America careened on the precipice of an economic meltdown that ultimately resulted in a $22 trillion loss to the American economy. The crisis had been fueled by a long era of cheap credit....
Movie cover for "Marshall" in celebrating Black History Month

Movie Review – “Marshall”

During Black History Month, We Remember U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's Gifts Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From the very beginning everyone knew he was different. Tall, charismatic and articulate even at a young age, he disdained the glory of the Baltimore playing fields and instead entertained his family with wry anecdotes....
Poster of film, Loving Vincent, van Gogh's Story to the Screen

Film Review – “Loving Vincent”

Artist/Filmmaker Brings van Gogh’s Story to the Screen Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Either he will go mad or he will leave us all behind. Which of the two it will be I am not able to foresee.” — Camille Pissarro At 27, he was already a failure. Born into an ambitious, middle-class....
The cover of “I Am Not Your Negro” is available on DVD, which can be borrowed from your public library.

Review – “I Am Not Your Negro”

Academy Award-Nominated Film is an Insightful Essay on Race Relations in America Alan Suemori Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1979, the great American writer James Baldwin sent a short letter to his literary agent Jay Acton, outlining an ambitious project that would require the author to undertake a long-delayed journey back into his....

“Echos Of Dat Red Guitar”

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Commentary Billed as a “twisted Pidgin comedy,” Kumu Kahua Theatre’s staging of Lee Tonouchi’s “Echoes of Dat Red Guitar” lives up to its description, and then some. You don’t have to know what the...

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