Kevin Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Ninety years after the execution hanging of Myles Fukunaga, a young Japanese American man who killed the son of a Hawaiian Trust Company executive, the story continues to resonate among Hawai‘i residents who have learned about the case and questioned the judicial system’s rush to judgment of an individual who was clearly mentally ill.

For those unfamiliar with the case or in need of a refresher, Denshö online encyclopedia has called the Myles Fukunaga case “one of the most divisive incidents relating to Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i in the years before World War II.”

Fukunaga, by all accounts an intelligent and promising Nisei youth, was the son of Japanese immigrants who were struggling financially and had been threatened with eviction from their Honolulu home.

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