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Harry Minoru Urata’s internment experience and thoughts are captured in “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawai‘i’s Internees.”

Lead Story – “A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawaii’s Internees”

Hawai‘i’s Internment Experience Comes to Life in New JCCH Publication Kevin Y. Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Imagine being a young adult in school, learning about American democracy from your teacher, when you are suddenly summoned to the principal’s office and confronted by FBI agents who arrest you on the spot and take you....
Black and white photo of three Japanese American boys in Manzanar Relocation Center by Prolific California Photographer, Toyo Miyatake

“Toyo: Behind the Glass Eye” Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will present the Hawai‘i premiere of “TOYO: Behind the Glass Eye,” an exhibition of photographs by the prolific California photographer Toyo Miyatake. An issei from Kagawa Prefecture, he...
In this 1978 Photo by Honolulu Star-Bulletin photographer Terry Luke, Honolulu Sake Brewery president and general manager Shinzaburo Sumida celebrated the company’s 70th anniversary. (From: Nov. 17, 1978, Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

In Their Own Words – “… Justice Was Out Of Your Reach”

The Voice of Shinzaburo Sumida Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The following interview write-up is the fifth of seven that will be published in The Hawai‘i Herald this year. It is part of a series titled, “In Their Own Words.” In the spring of 1980, I had the opportunity to interview seven former....
Group photo of Professor Eric Yamamoto with event sponsors - (from left) Mei-Fei Kuo, attorney and president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hawai‘i; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Claire Wong Black, attorney and president of the Federal Bar Association; and Liann Ebesugawa, attorney and past president of the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu. (Photo courtesy Eric Yamamoto)

Lead Story – Still-Relevant Lessons from Korematsu

UH Law School Professor Eric Yamamoto Examines Those Lessons His New Book, “In the Shadow of Korematsu” Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald To many of us, we are living in an America that today appears increasingly unrecognizable. As our nation makes a hard turn to the right, we are voyaging through the shadow....
An essay on Thanksgiving hand-written by Haru Tanaka.

Sidebar – Kansha-Sai (Thanksgiving)

When Puritans from England aboard the ship Mayflower docked at Plymouth in Massachusetts, it was a very cold winter day. Yet, they overcame many hardships and cut trees; tilled the soil; sowed seeds of corn, beans and potato. That year, the weather was bad, with rainfall and snowstorms causing budding crops to wither away.
Art items that Haru Tanaka created in camp

In Their Own Words – “But I Believed in America”, The Voice of Haru...

Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The following interview write-up is the third of seven that will be published in The Hawai‘i Herald this year. It is part of a series titled, “In Their Own Words.” In the spring of 1980, I had the opportunity to interview seven former internees of Honouliuli Internment Camp....
Genpachi Tsushima and his wife, Alice Shizue, on the occasion of his receiving the Order of the Rising Sun imperial decoration from the Government of Japan in 1973. (Photos courtesy the Tsushima family)

In Their Own Words – “… We Were Interned for Nothing”

Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The following interview write-up is the second of seven that will be published in The Hawai‘i Herald this year in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Honouliuli Internment Camp. It is part of a series titled, “In Their Own Words.” In 1980, I was....
Young Shigeo “Robert” Muroda. (Photos courtesy of the Muroda family)

Lead Story – In Their Own Words

Issei, Nisei and Kibei Share Their Stories of Being Interned in Hawai‘i During World War II Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This month marks 75 years since Honouliuli, the largest and longest-operating internment camp in Hawai‘i, opened during World War II. It opened in March of 1943 in a deep gulch off Kunia....
Photo of James Araki of ‘Ewa Beach.

The Farmers of Lualualei

Evicted During World War II, Former Valley Residents Investigate Possible Redress Claims Mark Santoki (Reprinted from Aug. 2, 1991) Editor’s note: When this story by then-Hawai‘i Herald writer (and later editor) Mark Santoki story was published in 1991, the fate of the Lualualei farmers still hung in the balance. They made up an unusual group....
Photo of Frances Kakugawa

As I See It – Internment Camps As Precedent

AS I SEE IT BY Frances Kakugawa A Caucasian woman approached me in Sacramento. “You’re a writer,” she said. “You need to respond to this article in today’s Sacramento Bee. Tell the Sansei and Yonsei to stand up and question this. They are the only remaining voices.” I promised her I would. She was referring to....

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