New issue on stands April 4


What’s In This Issue:

** Patricia Saiki, former congresswoman and state senator, is now the chair of the Hawaii Republican Party. Learn more about her, her vision and her unique partnership with her husband, the late Dr. Stanley Saiki.

** Our cover photo features Loren Keala Fujitani, an assistant language teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). Following in the footsteps of her brother Gen who wrote a column for the Herald about his JET experience in Gifu, Keala will share her observations working and living in Suo-Oshima, Japan, in her first installment of “Aloha From Oshima.”

** San Jose State University baseball head coach David Nakama talks about his love of the game with Dr. Michael Okihiro in “Doc’s Jocks.”

** Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a Culture4Kids! craft — learn how to make an inkan name stamp or seal using recycled cork.


Each year, Japanese American communities around the nation set aside a day to reflect upon the legacy and lessons of the incarcerations that happened during World War II.

This year’s Honolulu program will take place on Sunday, March 23, at the Pearl Harbor Theatre. The event is co-sponsored by the World War II Valor in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor and the Honolulu chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

The 3 p.m. event will be a screening of the Hawaii Five-O episode, “Hoʻonani Makuakane, Honor Thy Father.” The show originally aired on Dec. 13, 2013. It weaves together the experiences of World War II veterans, Pearl Harbor survivors, Japanese American internees and reminds us all of the lessons of war. Immediately following the screening will be a talk-story with actor James Saito who played the pivotal role of David, the former Honouliuli internee.

Seating is limited. Deadline to reserve a seat is today, March 17. Contact Audrey Muromoto at or call 945-7633.

The Hawaii Herald Goes All-Digital and All COLOR!


Thanks to our parent company Shizuoka Shimbun, Hawaii Hochi, Ltd., which publishes The Hawaii Herald and Hawaii Hochi, has acquired a new press, the TKS JETLEADER 1500. This new digital press allows us to print color on every page. The Herald’s March 7 edition, out in stores this week, is the first job printed on the new “Jet.”

Also in this issue is the story of Sue Isonaga, an unsung hero of World War II. She passed away earlier this year at the age of 92.

This issue also contains the biographies of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival queen contestants and a chance to “Name the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.” Prizes include a trip for 2 to Vegas, and a gift certificate and gift baskets from Big Island Candies.

For those of you familiar with Rev. Paul Osumi’s “Today’s Thought,” and wished it would be published again, wish no more. The favorite column will appear in every issue of the Herald on the comics page. A new book about Rev. Osumi was published by his son Norman called, “Today’s Thoughts — Rev. Paul Osumi: the Man and His Message.”

Lastly, recovery efforts are still continuing for Tohoku residents and surrounding areas following the devastating tsunami and earthquake that took place three years ago. Read how some women in the Ishinomaki area have found hope and purpose with the Nozomi Project.



The Feb. 21 issue featured Maui’s own, Jesse “Takamiyama” Kuhaulua, who is celebrating 50 years of sumo. For those of you who haven’t picked up a copy, you can still find it at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Marukai and at our Hawaii Hochi offices.


February 4 is the registration deadline for the inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit in Hawaii, presented by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. It takes place from Thursday, Feb. 13, to Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

The three-day event includes a welcome reception, all-day leadership conference featuring keynote speaker Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and culminates with a fashion show and luncheon, “Elegance in Paradise,” featuring designs by Keiji Tagawa, Kensei Takeda and Eden in Love. Boutique sales by various vendors will take place in the foyer on the day of the fashion show.

The summit provides a unique networking opportunity for women from different generations and professions, from throughout Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland and Japan. Five conference sessions will promote dialogue among women on leadership challenges in the workplace and maintaining balance in life.

Former broadcast journalist Barbara J. Tanabe, the first Asian American woman in television news in the United States, will serve as emcee. Summit panel topics include “Leadership and Mentoring,” moderated by Jan Yanehiro with panelists Royanne Doi, Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna and Merle Okawara; Life Balance: “It’s All About Me,” with Alice Inoue; “Changing Faces in the Boardroom,“ moderated by Susan Yamada with panelists Susan Eichor, Kyoko Kimura and Phyllis Campbell; and “Changing the World, Making a Difference,” with Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi.

The fashion show, “Elegance in Paradise,” features the haute couture beaded embroidery gowns of Tokyo-based designer, Keiji Tagawa. Japanese media personalities and celebrities often seek Tagawa’s custom gowns for awards and formal occasions. Also featured will be intricate jewelry designs by Kensei Takeda, owner of Chez Kensei Hair Salon. Informal modeling of outfits from Eden in Love will take place during the luncheon.

In addition, women from the Nozomi Project will also be at the fashion show boutique to share their special jewelry.
Nozomi, translated as “hope” in Japanese, is a social enterprise bringing hope to women adversely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Japan. Nozomi women are working with the community to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry using broken pottery left in the wake of the tsunami, as well as other stylish products incorporating traditional materials and techniques. For more information visit


Cost for the three-day event is $300. Cost for the Friday summit event alone is $150. Cost to attend the Saturday fashion show is $100. Premium seating and tables of 10 are also available.

For more information or to download registration and payment forms, visit



Hawaii United Okinawa Association Holiday Craft Fairs

Both fairs will be at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, 94-587 Uke‘e St. For more information, call 676-5400.

Winter Craft Fair — Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• “An Evening in Waipio” Craft Fair — Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. ($5 donation for early admission at 5 p.m.)

Also features door prizes, silent auction, a visit with Santa, food and entertainment.



Holiday Fair 2013 — Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at  the Maui High School gymnasium in Kahului.

The event will include Christmas ornaments, shell and glass jewelry, candles, soaps, baked goods, Jeff’s Jellies, plants and a farmers market.

The Holiday Fair is a fundraiser for Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, whose projects include historical programs in partnership with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, which funds projects including scholarships.

Finding Japan in Keukenhof


Former Herald writer Joe Udell visited Lisse, the Netherlands, earlier this year and describes the Keukenhof garden in this issue’s cover story. The garden, known for its 121-year-old windmill, is also host to more than 7 million tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths. With its interesting wooden and metal sculptures and giant pond, it is a must-see travel stop for 2014 travelers.

Also in this issue, read about a unique mythology and storytelling event called Kataributai, which takes place on Dec. 8 and learn more about UH Wahine basketball player Diane Moore.

In addition, you’ll find the December television program guide and tips on Medicare, Social Security and estate planning.

Celebrating the Big Island of Hawai’i


The Hawaii Herald is excited to spotlight Hawaii Island in this recent issue. Read all about the Hakalau Camp reunion, Kohala Aikikai Aikido, Kamuela’s Village Burger and more.

The television program guide for NGN, KIKU and KBFD is also in this issue.

A special mahalo to the advertisers who helped make this issue possible.