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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Rememberance – Eugene Imai: A True Public Servant

Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Eugene “Gene” Imai, whose military and government career spanned more than three decades, including service in Vietnam and as commander of the Hawai‘i Army National Guard, died Jan. 28 at the Arcadia Retirement Residence after a long illness. He was 72 years old. According to the Japanese....
Dr. Sinoto on an excavation field trip in Huahine, French Polynesia. (Photos courtesy Bishop Museum)

Remembrance – Aloha Oe to a Pacific Soul, Dr. Yoshiko Sinoto

Betty Lou Kam Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When a distinguished scholar or mentor passes, we are reminded that expanding knowledge is grounded in the work and dedication of earlier generations of thinkers who asked critical questions, considered rare possibilities, proposed new theories and established proven fundamental truths based on their keen observation and careful....

Ken Inouye Remembers

By: Averie’ Soto | Special to The Hawai‘i Herald | This past May, the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa released the concept designs for the planned Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. The center, to be housed on the university’s Mänoa campus, will honor a man known as a decorated World War II hero....
Irene Hirano Inouye (center) with (from left) then-U.S.-Japan Council board chair Dennis Teranishi, Consul Rumi Ariyoshi from the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, Island Holdings chair and USJC member Colbert Matsumoto, Hirano Inouye, and USJC Emerging Leaders Program participants Lynn Miyahira and Brandon Marc Higa at a 2016 reception in Honolulu for visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Photo courtesy Lynn Miyahira)

Remembrance – Remembering Irene Hirano Inouye

Karleen C. Chinen “Determined, unflappable, tireless and tenacious.” That is how Dr. Akemi Kikumura-Yano is remembering Irene Hirano Inouye, her friend and former colleague, who died April 7 in Los Angeles after an extended illness. She was 71 years old. Most people knew Irene Hirano Inouye primarily as the widow of the late U.S. Sen.....
Students from Hiroshima Minami High School delivered a message of peace to the audience in English. (Photos by Jodie Ching)

Commemorations – Hiroshima, Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Remembered

Kacie Yamamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Seventy-four years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended World War II, calls for world peace and the preservation of humanity were front and center at anniversary commemorations in Honolulu and in cities around the world for both bombings. Approximately 140,000 people were killed on....
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Remembrance – “Go to Home”

Marie Hara From “Bananaheart and Other Short Stories” Published with Permission My mother enjoys telling my young daughters scary stories about the plantation days. The girls always ask to hear about the Coffin Lady. Mama sits down by the kitchen table, her face busy thinking. Her childhood and O-Baban, her own mother, are ready to....
USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye

Remembrance – In Her Own Words

“. . . George, Dan and Fuj, you all have been in leadership positions. Yet, so many of our Sansei went into professions that were ‘safe.’ They’re professionals — they became lawyers and doctors and accountants and so forth. If we look at the high education level of Japanese Americans — the Nisei, Sansei and,....
Black and white photo of Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

In Memoriam Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito

Retired Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Ito, only the fourth Japanese American to be promoted to the rank of general in the U.S. military, died Jan. 26 at the age of 90. Ito began his military career in 1951 when he joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard as a field artillery officer. He spent 37 years....
Hiroshi Arisumi

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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