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Queen Lauren Sugai at the Jan. 12 opening ceremonies of the 2020-2021 Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. (Photos courtesy Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce).

Queen Interview – Queen Lauren Sugai: Zenshin for Life

Departing Cherry Blossom Queen Lauren Sugai Inspired to “Pay It Forward” Jodie Chiemi Ching In two weeks, the 67th Cherry Blossom Queen Lauren Sugai will pass her crown and scepter to one of 15 contestants who have fulfilled various phases of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce 68th Cherry Blossom Festival. In an “exit....
On Feb. 10, Mayor Caldwell, Hajime Nakama — the mayor of Kin Town in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan — and about a hundred attendees met in the Honolulu City Council Chambers at Honolulu Hale for a friendship city relationship signing ceremony.

Spotlight – A New Friendship, Honolulu and Kin Town

Jodie Chiemi Ching This year marks 120 years since the first Okinawan immigrants landed on our shores. We are bound by history and bound by aloha. Today, we turn another page by signing this special friendship city relationship with Kin Town,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. On Feb. 10 Mayor Caldwell met with Hajime Nakama —....
Katsu Kobayakawa Goto (1862-1889).

Issei History – Katsu Goto, Honoring the Legacy of a Hero

Hamakua Jodo Mission Working to Preserve History  Jodie Chiemi Ching  The Hamakua Jodo Mission, in Pa‘auhau Mauka on Hawai‘i Island, was the first sanctioned Buddhist temple in the state of Hawai‘i. It was built in 1896 at the epicenter of the five sugar plantations on the island, and served the community of Japanese contract laborers.....
Today, Isamu and Amy Manago, both 91, live in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Memories – The Two Families of Isamu Manago

Jodie Chiemi Ching “I have three mothers and three fathers — I feel grateful,” said 91-year-old Isamu Manago who is the second youngest of Kinzo and Osame Manago’s seven children. Kinzo and Osame founded the Manago Hotel in Kona on Hawai‘i Island in 1917, now owned and managed by sansei Dwight Manago and his wife....
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Lifestyle – Out with Clutter, In with Joy

The KonMari Method Clears the Home and Fills the Heart Jodie Chiemi Ching In Japan, cleaning and clearing the previous year’s clutter is traditionally done in December to get a fresh start in the new year. But, here in Hawai‘i, if you haven’t started yet, you could at least say you’re running on “Hawaiian time.”....
Alice Inoue is a “life guide” and the founder of Happiness U located in SALT Our Kaka‘ako. She has advised more than 10,000 clients to live a more inspired life. (Photo courtesy Happiness U)

Astrology – Alice Inoue’s Vision for 2020

A Guide to “The Year of Manifestation” Jodie Chiemi Ching Mark your calendars! On Monday, Jan. 20, Alice Inoue will share her predictions based on astrology and numerology for 2020. Her presentation, entitled “The Year of Manifestation,” will be held at the Pömaika‘i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery — her largest venue to date. Because this....
Sakai with several Rwandan orphans who she helped overcome trauma. Many of them saw their parents die in the genocide and used TFT to help stop nightmares and overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. (Photo courtesy Caroline Sakai)

Holistic Healing – Journeys to Wellness VIII, Healing is an Inside Job

Keynote Speaker Dr. Sakai Talks About “Tapping” Trauma Away Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary This past September, I attended the Sunrise Foundation Hawaii’s annual “Journeys To Wellness VIII” — “A gathering offering thoughtful reflections and spiritual practices toward achieving a healthy and harmonious body, mind, spirit and community.” Our editor here at The Herald, Karleen Chinen, knew....
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....
Seki Machine Works on Mill Street in Wailuku, Maui. (Photos courtesy Tom Seki.)

Business – Seki Machine Works, A 60 Year Legacy

Keeping Old Nisei Values Relevant Jodie Chiemi Ching For the past 60 years, Seki Machine Works has serviced every industry in Maui County. “Name any industry,” challenged 55-year-old yonsei Tom Seki, and they’ve done it — including automotive, marine, medical, hotel, astronomy, heavy equipment, water, sewage and the highway. The metal fabrication and automotive shop....
Logo for Zentoku Foundation 'Love + Japanese + Tradition'

Spotlight – Zentoku Foundation Documentary Film Project

Jodie Chiemi Ching The Zentoku Foundation is on a mission and leading the charge is its president, Mark Nakakihara. “The organization’s mission to gather and write stories is urgent,” he said. According to its website, “The Zentoku Foundation was created to help grow and strengthen the Japanese American community by developing a convenient, user friendly,....

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