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Chito Isonaga’s medals — the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. (Photo by Ann Kabasawa)

In Her Own Words – Thank You For Your Service, Chito Isonaga

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary To read Isonaga’s story in its entirety, visit the Hawai‘i Memory Project website: nisei.hawaii.edu/page/chito I graduated from [Kaua‘i] high school in August [1933], I remember going to Japan. I really didn’t want to go [to Japan with my mother and sister], but that was more or less planned. Mom looked forward....

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...
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Dialogue – 80 YEARS OF THE 442ND

Kristen Nemoto Jay Commentary Some reading this may already know, but for those who don’t: I’m a proud descendent of a 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran. Wilbert “Sandy” Holck was his name; Cannon Company was his...
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Kristen Nemoto Jay Commentary I remember going to my first Cherry Blossom Festival when I was 14 years old. My mother and I were invited by our family friend whose daughter was competing for the 46th Cherry...
From left: Shinye Gima (MIS), Yoshiko and 442nd RCT veteran Robert Kishinami, Flint Yonashiro (442nd RCT), Kenji Ego (442nd RCT), Roy Fujii (442nd RCT), Mitsuo Honda (442nd RCT), Richard Murashige (442nd RCT), former Gov. George Ariyoshi, (MIS), Masaharu Saito (100th Btn.), Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS), Jack Nakamura (100th Btn.), Kazuto Shimizu (100th Btn.), Robert Honke (MIS), Andrew Sato (MIS) and Masaru Nakakura (442nd RCT). Standing behind them are (from left): Pastor Calvin Takara, retired pastor of Kaimuki Christian Church; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, Gov. David Ige, first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, JMS memorial speaker Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum, Rev. Kazunori Takahashi of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Joint Memorial Service emcee Brendan Burns and Nisei Veterans Legacy president Wesley Deguchi. Also pictured behind the group are scouts from Boy Scout Troop 100 and Cub Pack 442; JROTC cadets from Farrington, Kapolei, McKinley, Punahou and Roosevelt high schools, who assisted with the service and members of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment. (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

In Our Community – World War II AJA Veterans Joint Memorial Service

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“What Peace Means To Me”

“If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi Sixth graders enrolled in the “Blue Track” at Mililani Middle School hosted a peace ceremony on June 20,...
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Only the Brave at the Hawaii Theatre!

Last week the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hosted a DVD Release Screening of the 2005 film Only the Brave, starring Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee and the late Pat Morita at the Hawaii...

Books, balloons, and newspapers

The fight to save Japanese American newspapers rages on. Got a hankering for some books? Try these Japanese American works. "Lost Battalion" and 442nd soldiers meet once again. A hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivor, speaks out at...
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The “Heart and Soul” of the “Go For Broke” Stamp Campaign Passes Away at 94 Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Fusako Uyemura Takahashi, who initiated the 16-year-long campaign to recognize the accomplishments of the...

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