WHO/WHAT: PBS Hawai‘i will rebroadcast “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” which premiered at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film by documentarians Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander highlights the history of the Nisei soldiers who rose to the challenge and served America in World War II. Among them was Hawai‘i-born Kazuo Yamane, who was drafted into the 100th Infantry Battalion and subsequently transferred to the Military Intelligence Service. In the MIS, Yamane was among the first AJAs to work in the Pentagon. He was then assigned to the Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section. Using his language skills, he found the complete Japanese army ordnance inventory in a collection of captured documents initially thought to be worthless.
Retired Hawai‘i attorney and 442nd and MIS veteran Ted Tsukiyama, history professor Dr. Franklin Odo, and former Hawai‘i journalists Mark Matsunaga and Tom Coffman provide historical context to the film. A trailer of the film can be viewed at http://proofofloyalty.com.
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m. on PBS Hawai‘i — will be repeated on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m.