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,...
Photo of Romi Beppu at the entrance to her new studio.

The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank...
Rimi Natsukawa of her concert last year in Hawai‘i: “At that time, the feeling of Hawai‘i was so welcoming, I strongly felt that I would like to come back again. Then came an opportunity to sing at the Okinawan Festival!” (Photo by Jon Itomura)

Lead Story – Rimi Natsukawa to Headline Okinawan Festival

The Okinawan Songbird’s Performance Set for Sunday, Sept. 3 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Japanese characters for Rimi Natsukawa’s family name mean “summer river.” How else could you describe the pure and magical...
Photo of Okinawan Fesitval favorite, Andagi

2017 Okinawan Festival – On the Menu at the Okinawan Festival

There’ll be no shortage of delicious food at the Okinawan Festival, including many dishes that are served in Okinawan home kitchens. Spend a day — or both days — at the Festival and make...
Rafute . . . ready to devour!

Okinawan Food and Heritage – “Kwatch Sabira”, “Thank You for this Food”

Okinawan Culture Reflected in Its Food Lynette Lo Tom Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “If you aren’t going to enjoy the fat, then don’t eat rafute,” Grant Murata declares passionately. Rafute is the unctuous braised pork belly...
Akemi Martin-Sensei presents the senbazuru (1,000 origami cranes) to Takashi Ejiri, director of the Tourism Exchange Division for the Iwaki City Government, as the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii members (from left) Jonathan Loomis, Melissa Ching, Christine Kim, Katie Tokunaga, Nikka Kahalekulu-Nakama and Alex Au look on.

Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha … In Fukushima!

Melissa Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Was it destiny, or simply chance that led to the unexpected connection between our Okinawan eisä taiko group, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, and an Iwaki City high school hula...
Then-state Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson and Rep. Scott Saiki on opening day of the 2013 legislative session. Takai and Saiki were both elected to the state House in 1994. In 2014, Takai ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won, taking office in January 2015. He died of cancer in July 2016. (Courtesy: Office of Rep. Scott Saiki)

Lead Story – The New Mr. Speaker . . .

Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For the past quarter of a century, only two men have controlled the House of Representatives in Hawai‘i. Maui Democratic Rep. Joe Souki was Speaker of the House from 1993...
Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy keiki gave guests a preview of what they can expect at the Oct. 21 dance concert.

Spotlight – Nakasone Dance Academy Plans Oct. 21 Concert at Blaisdell

Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy will celebrate its 61st anniversary with a grand dance program this fall. The Okinawan dance school was started by Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone shortly after she immigrated...
From left: JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa; Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige; Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho; honorees Kenny and Chizuko Endo of Taiko Center of the Pacific; honorees Barry Masuo, Ethel Yamane and Ethel Hasegawa, representing the JCCH Gift Shop Visionaries; honoree Tsukasa Harufuku of JTB Hawaii Inc.; honorees Mabel and Norman Hashisaka of Kauai Kookies; honoree Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms and JCCH president/executive director Carole Hayashino.

Community Focus – JCCH Honors Six at “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized six individuals, organizations and volunteers at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on June 17 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. The honorees were recognized...

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