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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....
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....

Review – A Powerful “Allegiance”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Because I am a writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and an Okinawan performing artist, people might think that I’m the type of mother who forces my two sons, 14-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Cameron, to attend or participate in Japanese and Okinawan cultural activities. Actually, I rarely do. I try to encourage....
Book Cover, titled 'Tadaima! I Am Home. A Transnational Family History' by Tom Coffman

Book Review – “Tadaima! I Am Home”

Gerald Kato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When he was in his teens, Stephen Miwa was puzzled by his mother’s cryptic remark: “The Miwas are unlucky.” She never explained what she meant, but her words haunted him for decades. After she died, he began exploring his family’s past in order to better understand the Miwas’....
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.
Poster for screening 'And Then They Came for Us' - a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment

“And Then They Came for Us” Screening

WHO/WHAT: The screening of “And Then They Came for Us,” a documentary film featuring actor George Takei and other internees and a panel on the present-day relevance of the World War II internment are...
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....
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....
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....

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