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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: Nisei Veterans Legacy presents a photo exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i — from immigration of Issei in the late 1800s to modern-day Hawai‘i, showing how Hawai‘i Nikkei...
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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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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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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,”....

Nisei Veterans – GO FOR BROKE MONUMENT 22ND ANNIVERSARY

June 5: Virtual Tribute Recognized Japanese American WWII Military Service Janis Tanji Wong Vice President of Development & Strategic Initiatives GFBNEC   On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the Go For Broke National Education Center premiered its live broadcast...
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....
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....
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....
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....
The 2019 officers and directors: (seated) directors Herbert Matsumoto and Yoshinobu Oshiro; (standing, from left): directors Mark Matsunaga, Keith Matsumoto, Gregg Hirata, vice president Shinye Gima, director Annie Inouye, treasurer Sherman Takao, secretary Karen Aoyama Kikukawa, president Lawrence Enomoto and installing officer Wallace Hirai. (Photo by Karen Matsunaga)

Community Focus – MIS Veterans Club Installs 2019 Officers

The MIS Veterans Club held its annual New Year’s gathering and installation at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 27. The organization is made up of World War II veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service in combat and intelligence roles in the Asia-Pacific theater and their descendants. The MIS soldiers contributed much to the....

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