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Veterans Day Tribute – Excerpts from “Biffontaine”

Susan Nunes Published with Permission Sketches by Ryo Shinoda Editor’s note: In observance of Veterans Day, we are pleased to share with you this excerpt from writer Susan Nunes’ short story, “Biffontaine.” It is part of her collection of short stories titled “Paradise Café: A Family Memoir in Stories.” Nunes is a Hilo native who....
Photo of Gov. David Ige, speaking at "The Japanese American Veterans Tribute"

Fighting Two Wars – Gov. David Ige: “Am I Adding To Your Legacy?”

Gov. David Y. Ige Governor of Hawai‘i (2015 to present) Aloha . . . It truly is an honor and a privilege for me to be here today as governor of the state of Hawai‘i. My grandparents, the Issei, immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan and Okinawa more than a hundred years ago in search of....
Photo of issue's cover photo, "Pearl Harbor, From War To Peace"

Lead Story – Fighting Two Wars

Japanese Americans Were Forced to Fight Two Battles in World War II Karleen C. Chinen On this 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, many people are seeking out the newspapers of December 1941 for...
Photo of June Arakawa prays at the grave of her sister Nancy Masako Arakaki.

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary – Pearl Harbor Civilian Casualties

Many Were Victims of “Friendly Fire” Allan Beekman Special to The Hawai‘i Herald (Reprinted from Dec. 6, 1991) A disproportionate number of the civilian casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack were Nikkei, with some of the most striking casualties...

Gen. Vincent Brooks: “…Never Had More Gallant Soldiers, Ever…

Editor’s note: With Memorial Day just days away and departed loved ones in our thoughts, it is fitting that we share with you Gen. Vincent K. Brooks’ keynote address to the 442nd Veterans Club...

Willie Goo’s (Guardian Angel) Fog

Editor’s note: On this day, June 5, exactly 73 years ago, the all-Japanese American Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion sailed out of Honolulu Harbor aboard the SS Maui. This was just six months after Japan’s...

A Pilgrimage Honoring the 100th Infantry Battalion

Janice Sakoda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Mid-May of 1944 was a pivotal period in the history of the 100th Infantry Battalion, highlighted by the Allied effort to wrest the 1,700-foot high Benedictine monastery called Monte...

Retracing “Task Force Fukuda”

This past May, my wife Judy and I joined three other Hawai‘i couples — Ed and Jan Sakoda, Wayne and Carol Matsunaga, and Alvin and Ellie Shimogaki — on a journey to Italy to...

The Nisei Soldiers – Through Their Grandchildren’s Eyes

Editor’s note: The following is an edited transcript of a “talk story” session among four yonsei whose grandfathers served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II. Last October, they joined their...

“Stan” Izumigawa Lived Life “All In”

As a 100th Infantry Battalion soldier and a participant in Nisei veterans activities on Maui, Stanley Izumigawa was not an “original.” He was a replacement for the 100th — part of the group that arrived...

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