Karleen C. Chinen

Karleen Chinen is the Editor of The Hawaii Herald, which covers Hawaii’s Japanese American community. She previously served as a consultant to the Japanese American National Museum and was part of the Museum team that took the traveling exhibition, From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawaii, to Okinawa for its international debut in November 2000.

Updated May 2013

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Hawaii’s AJAs Play Ball - Part 2

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Bang for the Buck

AJA baseball also enjoyed the support of the business community, which willingly donated trophies and prizes to the winning teams. In the 1936 O‘ahu championship game, Seikosha Watch Store owner Genbei Watanabe donated a huge silver trophy to the victor, Wahiawa, which had defeated its town rival, Pālama. Other businesses supported AJA baseball as well: Standard Oil Company, where Asahi player Tsuru Mamiya worked, sponsored the Japanese-language broadcast of the game on KGU radio. Some companies and individuals donated game or tournament trophies, including the Hawaii Hochi, Honolulu Sake Brewery, Kobayashi ...

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Hawaii’s AJAs Play Ball - Part 1

If the Reverend Takie Okumura viewed the game of baseball as a vehicle for “Americanizing” Hawaii’s Japanese community, the founder of the Makiki Christian Church underestimated the pure, unadulterated draw of the game. The recorded history of Japanese American involvement in baseball in Hawaii dates back to 1899, the year Okumura formed a team made up primarily of boys who boarded at his Okumura Home. He named the team Excelsior, and they captured the youth league championship in 1905.

The Riverside League, made up of four ethnic teams from the ‘A’ala area, was formed a year later. It ...

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“Under The Blood Red Sun”: The Hawai‘i-made World War II Film is a Valuable Story for All Ages

How do we keep Hawai‘i’s World War II story alive so that its lessons continue to resonate for generations to come? It’s a tough question that anyone involved in passing on history likely struggles with, be they educators, museum directors, war veterans and their descendants, or parents.

One of the most hopeful efforts is the newly released film, Under the Blood Red Sun, which is based on the novel of the same name by children’s book author Graham “Sandy” Salisbury. In the early 1990s, the Hawai‘i-born Salisbury had set out to write a book about ...

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Honouliuli Designated A National Historic Monument

Seventeen years ago, a phone call from a Honolulu television reporter was routed to Jane Kurahara, a retired librarian who was volunteering in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Resource Center.

“Where is Honouliuli?” asked the reporter.

Despite her best efforts, Kurahara could not find any information on the location of the World War II internment camp.

Honouliuli had opened in March 1943 and held about 320 Japanese American internees, along with German Americans, European immigrants, and some 4,000 prisoners of war from Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, and Italy. The camp was located on the ‘Ewa Plains ...

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“Puka Puka Parade” – Voice of the 100th Infantry Battalion

In 2012, the Hawaii Hochi marks 100 years since Kinzaburo Makino began publishing the Japanese-language newspaper in December of 1912. Not too far behind the Hochi in publication years is the 100th Infantry Battalion’s monthly newsletter, creatively named the Puka Puka Parade. Since April 1, 1946, the veterans club has kept its members and their extended ‘ohana informed through the PPP.

“We have quite a large team (that works) largely behind the scenes,” said president Pauline Sato, who serves as overall editor and liaison to the club’s board of directors, which is made up of the various chapter ...

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