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Community Focus – GFBNEC, Essay and Poetry Contest

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Go For Broke National Education Center presents its 2020 High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest. In addition to cash prizes, four winners (grand prize entry from each category: essay and poetry high school division and essay and poetry college division)....
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Community Focus – Hawaii State Library Streaming “Proof of Loyalty” for Free

The Hawai‘i State Public Library recently began offering the streaming service Kanopy at https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ and will continue to offer it for free through April 30. The offerings include 10 films by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers of Stourwater Pictures, producers of the hour-long documentary, “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawai‘i,”....
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Herald Salutes – Deidre Tegarden

Deidre Tegarden has rejoined Maui’s Nisei Veterans Memorial Center as executive director, a position she held from 2016 until 2018, when newly elected Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino selected her as his chief of staff. Tegarden will replace former state Sen. Jill Tokuda, who will now serve as NVMC’s director for external relations, leading the....
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....
Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum speaking of the Nisei veterans: “They all raised their hands at a time when their family members were being interned, property confiscated and their loyalty questioned. These soldiers ensured that, at any cost, they would not bring shame to their family and their communities and their country.” (Photos by Wayne Shinbara)

Nisei Veterans – “.. They All Raised Their Hands”

Joint Memorial Service Speaker Honors Nisei Veterans Maj. Gen. Suzanne P. Vares-Lum Published with Permission Aloha mai käkou . . . Governor and Mrs. [David] Ige, Governor and Mrs. [George] Ariyoshi, Senator [Brian] Schatz, Mayor and Mrs. [Kirk] Caldwell, retired General and Mrs. [David] Bramlett, Major General and Mrs. [Joe] Logan, retired Major General Bob....
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,....
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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14th Annual Joint Memorial Service

WHO/WHAT: Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum of the U.S. Army will speak at the 14th annual Joint Memorial Service honoring the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer...
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....
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Remembrance – Remembering Hiroshi Arisumi

Karleen Chinen Commentary As the eldest of 10 children born to immigrants from Japan, no one would have thought badly of Hiroshi Arisumi if he had decided to remain home on Maui to help his parents rather than volunteer to fight in Europe with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. But Arisumi wouldn’t do that. In....

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