“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home.” (Photo courtesy Ai Iwane)

Community Focus – “Bon-UTA” Screening Set for Hawaii

“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home” will be screened on Maui at the Lahaina Jodo Mission on Saturday, Sept. 28, and on O‘ahu at the Doris Duke Theatre in the Honolulu Museum of Art on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.  This new documentary about several evacuees from the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture....
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....
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....
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....
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....
Taiko drummer, Hisakatsu Yokoyama, and fellow evacuees of Futaba, Fukushima fight to keep their beloved “Futaba Bon-Uta” alive after their furusato, or hometown, is wiped out by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Töhoku region in Japan. (Photos courtesy 2018 Telecom Staff, Inc.)

Film Review – “Bon-Uta, a Song from Home”

A Heartwarming Documentary About Hawai‘i and Fukushima Jodie Chiemi Ching Like most of us who grew up in Hawai‘i, my fondest memories are from “small-kid-time.” On Hayden Street in Kapahulu, I met my first best friend — Leimana, learned to swim and fish for ‘oama at Waikiki Beach and heard about Hawaiian Night Marchers that....

“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...
Photo from 'Voices behind barbed wire: stories of Hawaii' promoting free screening by AARP Hawaii at the JCCH

“Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawaii” Screening

WHO/WHAT: AARP Hawai‘i will host a free screening of “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai‘i,” produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the U.S....
Playwright Darrell H.Y. Lum (front row, second from right) with the cast and crew of “Da Beer Can Hat.” From left: Marcus Oshiro, Eddy Gudoy, Maile Kapua‘ala, Brandon Hagio (“Bobo”), Ku‘umakaonaona (“Junior”) Bailon, Lum, and co-director Karen Hironaga. Back row, from left: Jason Lee Hoy, Daryl Bonilla, Ron Encarnacion, Maki‘ilei Ishihara, Paul Yau and co-director Denny Hironaga. Squatting, front right: stage manager Marty Wong and lighting technician Nicole Tessier. (Photo by Karleen Chinen)

Theatre Review – Bravo! For “Da Beer Can Hat”

Darrell H.Y. Lum’s Play at Kumu Kahua Theatre is Both Funny and Sensitive Karleen Chinen Commentary In our lives, somewhere . . . sometime . . . we’ve all known someone like “Bobo.” Someone mentally handicapped, but sweet and pure-hearted. And maybe even a little tricky-smart in his or her own way. It was that....

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