Screenshot of “Navigating a Minefield: A Manga Depicting Japanese Americans in the Second World War.” (Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s website)

WHO/WHAT: For a limited time, the Honolulu Museum of Art will showcase genga (original, hand-drawn sketches) with their new exhibit called “Navigating a Minefield: A Manga Depicting Japanese Americans in the Second World War.” The exhibit showcases art from “Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team,” a 45-page manga written by Stacey Hayashi and illustrated by Damon Wong, both born and raised on O‘ahu. The exhibition is HoMA’s first manga showcase to address the internationalization of manga and its connection to Japan’s cultural diaspora to discuss Hawai‘i’s Nisei community. HoMA’s presentation of “Navigating a Minefield” commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the 442nd RCT’s formation in 1943 and pays tribute to Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during WWII. In addition, the exhibition includes clips from Hayashi’s award-winning live-action 2017 film “Go for Broke.” The exhibit includes memorabilia from the 100th Infantry Battalion and Regimental Combat Team, on loan from Hayashi’s collection.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, March 5.; open Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m., Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania St. For more information, visit

TICKETS: $10 Hawai‘i resident general admission; $20 non-resident general admission, free for youth 18 and under.


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