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Culture – Okinawa’s First to Enter Keiki Hula Competition in Hawaii

Ishii Takes Fourth Place Jodie Chiemi Ching On July 25, Kainosuke Ishii of Ginowan, Okinawa took fourth place in the master’s division at the Queen Lili‘uokani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal S. Blaisedell Arena. It is the first time anyone from Okinawa has entered the Hawai‘i competition, although there have been participants from other....
Nanako Numazaki (far right) hamming it up with friends.

Community – Nanako’s Gift of Kansha

Fukushima Earthquake Survivor Says, “Thank You Hawai‘i” Jodie Chiemi Ching “On March 14, (2011) Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz convened a meeting of local Japanese American groups, businesses, media outlets and financial institutions to launch an ‘Aloha for Japan’ fund drive to provide disaster assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.” It was one....
Inoue’s presentation, “2019: The Year of Movement,” was held at the Honolulu Club this past February. The attendees listened intently to prepare for the rapidly changing world, as explained by Inoue.

Lead Story – Life-Guide Alice Inoue’s Midyear Update

A Year for “Safe Risk-Taking” Jodie Chiemi Ching It’s already the middle of 2019! Here at The Hawai‘i Herald, time is flying by so quickly. So much has happened in the local Japanese American community: Hawai‘i was treated to an unforgettable kabuki performance from Japan; the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the Hawaii United....
From left: Jacce Mikulanec, president and executive director of JCCH; Ken Hayashida, JCCH board chair; Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; attorney Christine Kubota; Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company; U.S. Rep. Ed Case; Chef Alan Wong; Lenn Sakata, former Major League Baseball player; Carole Hayashino, president emeritus of JCCH; and Coach Gerald Oda.

Community Focus – JCCH Annual Gala Honors Six

Jodie Chiemi Ching The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i held its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on Saturday, June 23. Six honorees — Coach Gerald Oda and the 2018 Little League World Series Championship team, Lenn Sakata, Alan Oshima, Christine Kubota, Chef Alan Wong and Carole Hayashino — were recognized at the Hilton....
Book Cover, title 'Okinawan Princess, Da Legend of Haijichi Tattoos'

Book Review – “Okinawan Princess”

“Da Pidgin Guerilla” Lee Tonouchi’s Local Feminist Fairy Tale Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Recently, I have thought that there is a need for more children’s books about Okinawan culture. And I was so excited when author Lee Tonouchi, who calls himself “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” announced that he and illustrator Laura Kina were working on a....
Smaller fashion statement items are stored in this showcase: bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and little zipper pouches.

Culture and Arts – Heritage and Aloha at Kimura Lauhala Shop

The Kona Shop Has Been Keeping a Hawaiian Tradition Alive for 105 Years Jodie Chiemi Ching “Put your hands into the soil, it’s good for your soul; you get back to where life begins,” said Renee Kimura, the fourth-generation owner and manager of Kimura Lauhala Shop in Kona. Here, the natural scent of the lauhala,....
Photo of Dan Seki and Nyla Fujii-Babb

Spotlight – Storytelling Highlights Nisei Veterans Summer Special

Storytellers Nyla Fujii-Babb and Dann Seki to Present Their Story, “Okäsan” Jodie Chiemi Ching On Saturday, July 27, the Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club will hold a “Nisei Veterans Summer Special” event at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans clubhouse (520 Kamoku St., across from ‘Iolani School) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is....
Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Spotlight – Ariyoshi Inducted into the Aloha Order of Merit

Jodie Chiemi Ching Former Gov. George Ariyoshi was inducted into the Hawai‘i State Aloha Order of Merit –– one of the state’s highest honors –– on April 29, in the Senate chambers of the State Capitol. In a press release from the Office of the Governor, it states, “The Aloha Order of Merit was established....
The panelists (from left): moderator Noe Tanigawa; sociolinguist Sara Roberts; former Gov. John Waihe‘e III; Katie Drager of the UH Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies; and comedian Andy Bumatai.

Local Style – “Will Pidgin Survive the 21st Century?”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Almost every day at about 11 a.m., The Hawai‘i Herald team — all three of us — gathers around editor Karleen Chinen’s desk so advertising manager Grant Murata can make us “karaboshi krakkah.” The “karaboshi krakkah” is a Diamond Bakery Saloon Pilot cracker. Murata spreads his peanut butter and honey mixture on....

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....

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