Nisei veterans of the four World War II AJA units — the 100th Infantry Battaion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion — gathered for a group photo at the “Fighting Two Wars: Japanese American Veterans Tribute” at the Hawaii Convention Center. The luncheon banquet was one of the events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo by Terry Takaki)

Nisei Veterans’ Legacy – How Will We Remember Our Nisei Veterans?

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, outgoing MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii president George Arine asked me to be the speaker at the club’s New Year’s gathering at the Natsunoya Tea House. With an issue to send to press every other week, my initial thought was to politely decline. But as the days went by, giving....
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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....
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....
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....
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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Remembrance – Aloha Oe, Ted Tsukiyama

Gerald Kato Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As a young boy, Ted Tsukiyama was cast in an Ali‘iolani Elementary School Thanksgiving Day play as Captain Miles Standish, commander of the Plymouth Colony, a representative American who founded and forged the shape of the country. The experience made a deep and lasting impression on Tsukiyama....
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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...
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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...

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