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“Proof of Loyalty”

WHO/WHAT: PBS Hawai‘i will rebroadcast “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” which premiered at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film by documentarians Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander...
Front row:  Ted Tsukiyama (MIS); Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani (MIS); Wesley Deguchi, NVL president; Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Gov. David Ige; Lt. Gov. Doug Chin; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; Kenji Ego (442nd RCT); and Dr. Shinye Gima (MIS). Second row: Kazuto Shimizu (100th Infantry Battalion); Robert Kishinami (442nd RCT), Shigeo Inouye (442nd RCT); Glen Arakaki (MIS); Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS); Richard Murashige (442nd RCT); Roy Fujii (442nd RCT); Ralph Tomei (442ndRCT) and Harold Ueoka (442nd RCT). Pictured behind the veterans and members of veterans service organizations, are JROTC cadets from Punahou, Roosevelt and Kapolei high schools and UH Air Force ROTC cadets who assisted with the service. (Photo by Terry Takaki)

AJA Veterans – “All the People, All the Time …”

Tom Coffman Published with Permission Editor’s note: Historian, author and documentary filmmaker Tom Coffman was the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Joint Memorial Service, organized by the Nisei Veterans Legacy. The service was held Sept. 30 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and was attended by approximately 15 World War....
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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....
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The Pacific War as Seen by Nisei Soldiers of the MIS

WHO/WHAT: The UH Manoa Library and the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies will present a public talk focusing on the Pacific War from the perspective of the Nisei soldiers who served there with the...
This year, the 442nd RCT is commemorating its 75th anniversary with a grand banquet on Sunday, March 18, themed, “Celebrating with Gratitude and Pride.”

Nisei Veterans – “Okage Sama De, Grandpa”

442nd RCT to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Unit's Formation Gwen Fujie Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I was a little girl growing up in newly developed Käne‘ohe, I used to play “army” with the boys in the neighborhood. We would play in our neighbors’ backyards and down the dead-end street (now called a cul-de-sac)....
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Spotlight – JCCH Hosts GFBNEC’s “Courage and Compassion” Traveling Exhibition

A traveling exhibit chronicling the story of the Japanese American experience in World War II opened on Veterans Day at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. “Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience” was produced by the Los Angeles-based Go For Broke National Education Center. It will be on display through....
Photo of Admiral Harry Harris Jr., head of the US Pacific Command and 442nd veteran, Masayoshi Nakamura, who was recently awarded France's Legion of Honor

Lead Story – “Go For Broke: A 442 Origins Story”

World War II Nisei Soldiers’ Story Comes to the Big Screen Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In January 1942 —a month after Japan’s attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor — a group of dejected University of Hawai‘i Army ROTC students were sitting under a tree near Dean Hall on the....
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Memorial Day – Forever Saluting Nisei Soldiers

Roy Kodani Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For three summers while attending Hilo High School, I worked with other high school students at Keeau Macadamia Orchard located in Pana‘ewa as a field hand. Our field superintendent was a Mr. Ogamori, who had fought in Europe in World War II. One of the other high school....
Photo of 442nd veterans Sueo Fujio and Kazuto Tomasa were lunchmates at the banquet.

Nisei Soldiers – Gov. Ige to 442nd Veterans: “Okagesma De …”

Gov. David Ige Published with Permission Editor’s note: Close to 450 people turned out to honor and celebrate the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team at its 74th anniversary banquet on March 26 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Of the roughly 442 people in attendance, 47 were World War II Japanese American veterans, all of whom....
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Nisei Soldiers – “In Their Own Words” Treasures Sought

Susan Muroshige Omura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: During a recent conversation with Susan Muroshige Omura, a friend and fellow 100th Battalion “daughter,” she asked me about the possibility of submitting a short article appealing to the families of World War II AJA veterans, particularly 100th Battalion veterans, to share their husband’s or....

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