Two free events will be taking place at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. If you plan to attend or require more information, contact Audrey Kaneko at 945-7633, ext. 28 or email

“A Harvest of Hawai‘i Plantation Pidgin: The Japanese Way”

Corrected date: Saturday, April 16, from 2-3 p.m. in the Historical Gallery Theater.

“Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawai‘i during World War II”

Historians Harry N. Scheiber and Jane L. Scheiber reveal in fascinating detail the story of the Army’s regime in Hawai‘i after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. Martial law, which lasted nearly four years, brought every aspect of Hawai‘i’s laws and institutions under Army jurisdiction.

Hawai‘i’s population of Japanese ancestry suffered particularly harsh consequences. Using the original records of President Roosevelt and his cabinet, the civil and military governors, the FBI, Military Intelligence, and the internee hearing boards, the Scheibers document how the Issei were stripped of their religious and cultural institutions and how, more generally, Japanese Americans lived in fear. They were subjected to special regulations, racial profiling, investigations, and interrogations. In marked contrast to the well-known policy of the mass removals on the West Coast, however, Hawai‘i’s policy was one of “selective,” albeit preventive, detention.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, from 6-7 p.m. in the Fifth Floor Lounge.


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