WHO/WHAT: Signing of “Tadaima! I Am Home: A Transnational Family History” by award-winning historian/documentarian/author Tom Coffman. This newly published book from University of Hawai‘i Press unearths the five-generation history of a family that migrated from Hiroshima to Honolulu, but never settled. “Tadaima! I Am Home” begins and ends with Stephen Miwa of Honolulu, a fifth-generation member of the Miwa family who is trying to learn about a shadowed reference to his family name: “The Miwas are unlucky.” Coffman’s research traces the family back to the founding sojourner, Marujiro, a fallen samurai. With one foot in Japan and the other in America, they attempted to build lives in both countries, facing the challenges of internment, a civilian prisoner exchange, the atomic bomb and the loss of their holdings on both sides of the Pacific.
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at Barnes & Noble in Ala Moana Center.