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Nisei Soldiers – NISEI SOLDIERS: REKINDLING THE SOUL OF FIRE

Lynn Heirakuji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald We all have moments in our lives when we have a flash of insight that sets our lives on an unplanned path. A switch is turned on inside of...

Go For Broke – THE MAEHARA AND GIMA CONNECTION

Maui Families Reunited after 75 Years Byrnes Yamashita Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald On a recent afternoon in Honolulu, two families with roots on Maui came together to reminisce about their shared connection with a Nisei soldier...
Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa chats with visitors recently at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, where he is painting a mural highlighting the World War II AJA soldiers.

Art + History – Maui Mural Celebrates Nisei Soldier’s Story

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Telling Their Story Inside and Out Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Crisp, colorless images of young American soldiers of Japanese ancestry are coming to life on a concrete canvas on the windswept oceanfront campus of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. At the center, situated where the towns of Kahului and Wailuku meet,....
Jeff Morita with 100th Battalion veteran Tsuyoshi Thomas Nikaido, who received his Legion of Honor medal this past March. (Photo by Karleen Chinen)

Lead Story – The French Still Say “Okagesamade”

Seventy-five Years After Liberation, the French Remain Grateful Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As Americans pause this Memorial Day to remember fallen military members from the nation’s current and past wars, residents of two small hamlets in northeastern France will be hard at work finalizing their plans to honor the Japanese American....
Scanned photo of drawings of veterans cleaning rifle

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 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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