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Ray Tsuchiyama's family arrived on Maui in the early 1900s, and his late father attended Maui High with many illustrious Maui old timers. His Maui family members were elementary school teachers, plantation manager cook, stevedores, World War II Army veterans, nurses, hotel workers, and gas-station entrepreneurs.
His blogs re-interpret Hawai'i history through a current perspective, plus reviews of Hawaiian music, food, architecture, and even the lives of geckos.
He was born in northern Japan, and has traveled throughout China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Latin America, and Europe; the most profound influence on his life was growing up in Kalihi-Palama near downtown Honolulu.
"Pacific Memories and Visions" was presented an 2013 Excellence in Journalism Contest "Best Features Blog" Winner award and a 2014 Finalist award by the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
My Favorite Sites
William “Opelu” Pai and His 1939 Great Swim
May 6, 2012
Keo Nakama and Swimming 26 Miles from Molokai to Oahu
April 28, 2012
The Next (Cautious) Hawai’i Real Estate Upturn
April 15, 2012
On Bilingualism and Mandarin in Minnetonka, Minnesota
April 6, 2012
Bilingualism, Aging, and Becoming Smarter
April 1, 2012
Surrounded by Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
March 25, 2012
One Citizen, One Vote or Civics on Maui vis-a-vis China
March 17, 2012
One Year After the Great East Japan Earthquake
March 9, 2012
The “Hippie” Invasion of 1960s Maui
March 3, 2012
Gasoline Prices and Maui's Future
February 26, 2012
The U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin and his Maui Journey
February 18, 2012
The Kahului Black-Out and Customer Service
February 9, 2012
Paddling in Maalaea Bay
February 6, 2012
What Does the Movie “The Descendents” Tell About Hawai’i Now?
February 2, 2012
Lord “Tally Ho” Blears, Ed Francis, Johnny Barend and Me
January 29, 2012
The Falling Teardrops of Kalaupapa
January 28, 2012