Japanese emperor honors war dead
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid homage to America's veterans under rainy skies at Punchbowl cemetery yesterday morning, then wrapped up their second day in Honolulu at a 1,500-person banquet for a scholarship named in honor of Akihito 50 years ago.
A historic visit
Amid the hundreds who gathered at Kapi'olani Park yesterday for a brief glimpse of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, perhaps none appreciated the bittersweet implications the imperial visit would have for Japanese-Americans in Hawai'i more than 70-year-old Helen Wadahara.
Imperial couple met with aloha
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived at Hickam Air Force Base just before 3 p.m. on their first visit to Honolulu in 15 years.
Aloha, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
Following an 11-day trip to Canada, Japan's Emperor Akihito touches down at Hickam Air Force Base today and will return to the spot at Kapi'olani Park where he planted a shower tree 49 years ago as the then-crown prince of Japan.
Isles geared up for Japan royals
Hundreds are expected to converge on Kapi'olani Park today to catch a glimpse of Japan's Emperor Akihito in his only public appearance during his three-day Hawai'i visit.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's Hawaii Itinerary
Afternoon - Arrival at Hickam Air Force Base. Gov. Linda Lingle, Lt. Gov. James Aiona and Adm. Timothy Keating of the U.S. Pacific Command are expected to be on hand. 3:30 p.m. - Visit to Kapi'olani Park to view a shower tree (on the small triangle bordered by Kalakaua Avenue and Poni Mo'i Road) that then-Crown Prince Akihito planted in 1960.
A timeline of previous visits by the Japanese monarchs.
Royals' visit a thrill for many older Japanese-Americans
Tochiho Enomoto of Pauoa would love to get even a glimpse of the emperor and empress of Japan on their first trip to Hawai'i in 15 years, a visit that will continue to cement a relationship between Japan and the Islands that dates back to at least King David Kalakaua.
Japan's royal couple to visit Punchbowl
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Punchbowl cemetery during their Hawai'i visit next month, the Japanese government announced yesterday. They will also attend a banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and visit Kapi'olani Park, but are not scheduled to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, according to the official itinerary.