Friday, March 18 - Tangerines, flashlights and more

Inventory of a Sendai aid box and nuclear concerns. Read more »

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 - Food and Water, The Last Mile Problem Fades

The Schumakers have their longest Sendai-to-Honolulu phone call yet—10 minutes. Clean-up begins. Read more »

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Wednesday, March 16 - Taiyaki and Aftershocks

A concierge connection, and Honolulu effort, pays off in boxes of food for Sendai. Plus, a confection is found among 400 aftershocks. Read more »

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Tuesday March 15 – A Journey Home

For the first time, Yasue Schumaker is able to check in on her home in Sendai. Read more »

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Monday, March 14 – Food, Friends from the Outside World

Outside help begins to trickle into Sendai, while the Honolulu side of the Schumaker family works every connection to get supplies to Yasue Schumaker. Read more »

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Sunday, March 13 - Help on the Way?

How to find food in stricken Sendai? Walk. And walk. And walk. Read more »

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Saturday, March 12 - CNN

Saturday, March 12 - CNN

After Yasue Schumaker's CNN interview, a new deluge: media inquires and calls from friends and strangers alike, nationwide Read more »

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Friday, March 11 - Yes

One word from Sendai starts an agonizingly slow text exchange between husband and wife, from Japan to Honolulu. Read more »

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Thursday, March 10 - Huge Earthquake. I’m OK.

"Oh, no. That's Sendai airport." News of the earthquake and tsunami reach Hawaii. Read more »

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About This BLOG

Scott and Yasue Schumaker moved from Japan to Hawaii in 1995. They and their son Ian, 14, live in Kapolei. In mid-January, Yasue unexpectedly returned to her childhood home in Sendai, Japan to care for her ailing mother. She was in Sendai when the devastating 9.0 earthquake struck. In this blog, Scott will share how all 3 family members are coping with the separation amid the chaos and misery of post-quake life in northern Japan. All times in this blog are HST.

Editor's Note:
Scott Schumaker, president of our parent company, PacificBasin Communications, has a unique take on the events unfolding in Japan. His wife, Yasue, is a concierge at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. Yasue was in Sendai when the earthquake and tsunami hit and was one of the first people interviewed by CNN. She remains there, looking after her ailing mother and coping with the devastation. In this online column, Schumaker chronicles the experience of one family, both separated and united by disaster.

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