Review – A Powerful “Allegiance”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Because I am a writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and an Okinawan performing artist, people might think that I’m the type of mother who forces my two sons, 14-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Cameron, to attend or participate in Japanese and Okinawan cultural activities. Actually, I rarely do. I try to encourage....
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....
Poster for screening 'And Then They Came for Us' - a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment

“And Then They Came for Us” Screening

WHO/WHAT: The screening of “And Then They Came for Us,” a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment are...
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“Soup of Life” Film Screening

WHO/WHAT: Palolo Hongwanji Mission screens the documentary film, “Soup of Life,” about 88-year-old Yoshiko Tatsumi, who prepares special soups for her bedridden father. After he passes, Tatsumi begins serving wisdom with her soups. “Soup...
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....
Theatre poster with text 'August at Akiko's', which was first published in International Film Festival 2018

“August at Akiko’s” at Consolidated Kahala

WHO/WHAT: The made-in-Hawai‘i indie film, which debuted at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival, tells the story of musician/actor Alex Zhang Hungtai’s search for his grandparent’s home on the Big Island and the unlikely...
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....
“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.....
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....

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