COMING SOON: A Man and His Message—New Biography Shares the Inspiration Behind “Today’s Thought”

Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His MessageFor more than 35 years, Rev. Paul S. Osumi inspired generations of readers of The Honolulu Advertiser and other newspapers with his daily column, “Today’s Thought.” Thousands of copies of his simple aphorisms were clipped and saved, tacked to bulletin boards, stuck to refrigerator doors and carried in wallets. Now, in Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message, his son, Norman H. Osumi, tells the story of the man behind these treasured messages, including hundreds of favorite “Thoughts.”

Today’s Thought also features many of the inspirational speeches delivered by Rev. Osumi during his tenure at churches in the Gila Relocation Camp, where he and his family lived during World War II, and on Kaua‘i, the Big Island and O‘ahu. Photographs and letters from the Osumi family’s personal collection add a depth and intimate dimension to this profile of a quiet man who influenced so many. Rev. Osumi’s “Thoughts” resonated with people of all faiths and even those with no religious affiliation, speaking to his universal message of leading a positive, meaningful life.

After the beloved pastor’s death in 1996, Norman Osumi received many inquiries about publishing a new collection of “Today’s Thoughts.” Because three small volumes had already been published by Rev. Osumi himself (one in 1966 and two in the ’90s), Norman felt that any collection “would need something more.” Thus began a decade-long project to research his father’s life, with the goal of including a biography to add context to a new collection of “Thoughts.”

Born in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, Norman H. Osumi, a retired banker, grew up on the Waialua and ‘Ewa Plantations. He is the father of two children and resides in Honolulu with his wife, Carolyn. “My father’s words had a great impact on my life,” Osumi says, “and on so many others’ too. People needed guidance in their lives and he tried to provide that. Many of his pieces were about life in general. You may say what he wrote is merely ‘common sense,’ but until people read the messages, they don’t internalize the lessons. Father’s daily sayings gave people in Hawai‘i a set of values for living happy and meaningful lives.”

Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message is priced at $17.95 in softcover and will be available for purchase beginning September 15 at local bookstores, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii gift shop, Logos Bookstore of Hawaii and online direct from Legacy Isle Publishing.


Join author Norman Osumi at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii for a special presentation in the

Community Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 4pm.

Mr. Osumi will share his thoughts behind writing this book about his late father. Advance copies of Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message will be available for purchase at the event, ahead of general release to the public.

Mr. Osumi will also sign books following the event.For more information, contact JCCH at (808) 945-7633 or email at