‘Today’s Thoughts’ on sale at bazaar

LIHUE — The Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up at the Lihue Christian Church on Dec. 7, 1941.

Paul Osumi, church minister at the time, was taken by the FBI to the Wailua Jail, according to David Iha, an LCC member.

Following Osumi’s release from an internment camp, he wrote a daily column, “Today’s Thoughts,” for the Honolulu Advertiser for more than 35 years.

Osumi’s son, Norman, recently completed a biography of his father, “Today’s Thoughts: Rev. Paul Osumi: the Man and His Message.”

Norman Osumi was one of the people interviewed in the film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii,” which aired last week at the Kauai Community College.

Norman’s book, along with a copy of his father’s “Today’s Thoughts, Vol. One,” will be available when the Lihue Christian Church hosts its annual bazaar from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

For those who miss the bazaar, Iha said, a limited supply will be available at the Lihue Christian Church office, 2943 Kress St.

Karen Nakamura, the bazaar chairperson, said getting the book written by Norman is a bargain because for $15, you get the new book, plus the copy of the columns written by his dad.

Proceeds from the annual bazaar, featuring baked goods, quilts, crafts, plants and rummage, go to benefit the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Ae Kamalii Preschool programs.

“People have been bringing in things all week,” Nakamura said.

“We keep thinking we have enough, but on bazaar day, everything runs short. I encourage shoppers to arrive early for the best selections.”

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