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Barbara Tanabe, president and CEO of Hoakea Communications, is a pioneer. She crushed both color and gender barriers in the 1970s when she became one of the first Asian-American women TV reporters and anchors.


Tanabe is a big fan of Europe. She’s enjoyed seeing the great Renaissance paintings and sculptures of Rome; the French Impressionists at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg; and the Greek antiquities at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Too bad none of these amazing cities are known for sushi, Tanabe’s favorite food.

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”The Fence at Minidoka.” This documentary, initially shown in Seattle on Dec. 7, 1971, described for the first time the experiences of Japanese-Americans interned in the U.S. during World War II. Tanabe won an Emmy for her work, which caught national attention and led to a congressional investigation, apology and reparations for wartime internees.

Childhood Memory

Riding roller coasters. Although Tanabe says she is terrified of heights, she loved the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster. These days, though, she’s more reserved, opting to read a good book or watch a classic movie on the weekend.

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