WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui kicks off its 2018 Speaker Series with a talk by Dr. Gail Okawa, emeritus professor of English at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Okawa’s illustrated presentation, “Through My Grandfather’s Eyes,” will focus on the Hawai‘i Issei who were exiled to Mainland internment camps during World War II. Okawa will share the experiences of her grandfather, who was a Christian minister, and other Hawai‘i Issei before and after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and how they survived their imprisonment in remote camps, separated from their families for years.
Attendees are invited to visit the NVMC’s internment exhibit, “Stories from Maui” after Okawa’s talk.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m., at the Maui Adult Day Care Center hall on the NVMC campus in Kahului.
COST: Free and open to the public, although donations are welcomed. Seating is limited, so call (808) 244-6862 to reserve a seat. For more information, contact Deidre Tegarden, NVMC executive director, at (808) 244-6862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.